Phase 2: Programming Observations

This page is for astronomers with Phase 1 proposals that have been accepted, and who therefore have been awarded observing time on the LT. Users will be informed by email when their proposal is ready to be populated with observations.

Phase 2 User Interface

Successful applicants with time allocated on the LT must submit their observations using the Phase 2 User Interface (phase2UI), an online Java tool. Note that observations will NOT be prepared by LT staff, though users are welcome to contact phase 2 support should they have questions or comments.

To start the phase2UI press the button below. To help new users become accustomed with the system, a "Getting Started" tutorial is provided. A Comprehensive Guide is also available. Returning users may simply wish to refer to the instrument-specific pages provided below. As ever, if you have any queries not covered in the tutorial or instructions, please contact LT Phase 2 Support.

Launch phase2UI
Getting Started (tutorial)
Introduction and Instructions
  • System requirements
  • » broadband or faster internet connection
  • » Java 8 JRE, available from (Note that though Java8 dates from 2014 and there are much higher versions available. Do not use them. Java8 is a stable long term support version maintained with all security patches and is the default distribution from the link above.)
  • » either Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome or Internet Explorer
  • » username & password provided by LT Phase 2 Support

For OS-X Mavericks users, instructions on running the phase2UI from our Webstart link are available here.

The phase2UI has been tested on a wide range of common OS and browser combinations, but if you find any problems please contact LT Phase 2 Support.

If you cannot or do not wish to install the Java8 JRE on your computer, we also provide an Open Virtualization Format virtual machine appliance which you can use instead. Instructions for using the phase2ui VM appliance.

User Interface Instructions and Tutorials

The sky brightness model in detail [link]