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This can be fixed pretty easily. We've found that some machines have an older patch to Solaris that has limitations on the number of allowable characters in a string when using the c-shell. To work around this, open up the leopard script in your directory...
The SSC periodically releases patch updates to Spot and Leopard. Only the latest version of Spot/Leopard can communicate with the servers at the SSC. If your version of Spot/Leopard is out of date, you will receive an "Client and server are incompatible. ...
DDT proposal submission is different from regular proposal submission, and does not use Spot. You should submit your DDT proposal by following the instructions in the proposal kit: http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/warmmission/propkit/ [http://ssc.spitzer....
Starting with Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8), Apple tightened the security control over applications that are not from Mac App Store and identified developers. Spot is among them. To make Spot run, users need to change the 'Security & Privacy' setting: Open Sy...
Mac OS 10.10 sees that a PowerPC executable is bundled in the Spot package and prevents the package from being run by clicking on the Application in a Finder window or the dock. You can still launch Spot from the command line using: /Applications/Sp...
The Catalogs from VizieR overlay function no longer works, because the format of the file returned by VizieR is no longer readable within Spot and Leopard. The solution for any of the catalogs listed in that overlay function is to go to the original...
Checking out a program and checking in a program are two completely separate tasks. ANYONE can check out a program, but only you (with your password) can check in a program. Because they are completely separate tasks, you need not check out a program a...
NOTE: This issue should now be completely fixed by an update done to Spot. Please be sure you are running the latest version. If you encounter the situation where you have created a DS9 regions file and try to use this overlay in Spot/Leopard, and n...
Cluster targets are a TARGET definition, not an AOT definition. First, create the target in Spot, then create the AOT for that target. _Be careful_ when using map center offset or cluster array coordinate offsets for an asymmetric pattern about the map...
You can use the File->Position List Query in Leopard, which will read in a text file of targets and query the database for all relevant AORs for each target. See the Leopard User's Guide, section 7.2.7 and 7.2.8 for proper syntax.
Instructions on how to access your data can be found on the Data Archives page.
At any time, you can use Leopard [1] to search the ROC, and/or you can use Spot [2] to download entire programs. You might also be interested in exactly what constitutes a duplicate observation [3], because the observation you are planning may not actuall...
Most of the time, if you have "Options/Use Automatic Version Update" selected, then the updates are done automatically. If you decide to do a clean install (or if the most recent release requires a fresh installation), you need to delete or uninstall e...
You can select multiple AORs and visualize them all at once (to within the memory limitations of your machine).
If you visualize an AOR that was already observed, in Spot and Leopard it will display the AOR for the date on which it was actually observed.
As a feature of Leopard, when using Query by Campaign, the name of the campaign that you enter is case-sensitive. E.g., if you enter 'IRSX006500' for the campaign name, Leopard will retrieve all of the AORs/IERs in that campaign; however, if you enter 'ir...
In almost every case this is because an alias was created for Spot/Leopard that points to the directory of the older version. Use "which spot" or check your .aliases file to confirm that it contains the path to the newest version of Spot/Leopard.
Do you have a really good reason for wanting this? We prefer to have chains less then 8 hours for normal science observations, but make exceptions in the case of high precision IRAC photometry (eg. for exoplanet light curves) You can create chains long...
DO YOU HAVE A REALLY GOOD REASON FOR WANTING TO DO THIS? We do allow observations longer then 24 hours if scientifically justified, but we really do prefer shorter observations in order to do spacecraft calibrations on a routine schedule. The maximum du...
To grant someone else access to proprietary data, the primary investigator (PI) of the program should contact the Spitzer helpdesk (help@spitzer.caltech.edu) and ask that the person be granted access. Please include the following information: Grantee's f...
When you check in a program using Spot, this information goes to a DIFFERENT database than your previously-approved AORs. So, if you turn right around and "View Program" immediately, your old AORs will still be present. The changed information will propag...
If you installed your own JRE and installed the SPOT 18.01 generic package, you still need to allow autoupdate to update Spot to version 19.10. At the same time, autoupdate server will try to update your JRE too. You can do one of the following: 1. ...
This is a known display issue with Leopard. It applies to IRAC Post-Cryo AORs only. If you need to know the pipeline version of post-cryo AORs, please double click on the AOR to open the Detail Information window, which will display the pipeline version.
This bug happens when using Leopard to find warm mission post cryo mapping programs. If you de-select IRS and MIPS in the Query: By Program dialog, no warm mission programs will be returned. Fix: Select all three instruments in the Query: By Program di...
Q: I'm having a problem installing Spitzer Pride on my 64-bit computer. A: If you encounter difficulties installing Spitzer Pride on a 64-bit Linux machine, please see the note "For All Users" toward the bottom of the installation webpage [1] for furth...
The error message is "Unable to complete Querying resources registered with NVO: a network error occurred" Under the Images menu for both Spot and Leopard, the image retrieval for NVO images no longer works. NVO has changed the access URL, as well a...
At this point we are unaware of any El Capitan-specific issues with Spot and Leopard, however the issues with previous versions of OSX remain. Please see the following articles for more information: Running Spot and Leopard on Yosemite (OS X 10.10) [ht...
Mac OS X Mavericks tightens the security control over applications that are not from Mac App Store and identified developers. Spot is among them. To make Spot run, users need to change the 'Security & Privacy' setting: * Open System Preferences * Cl...
We have staff in-house using Spot on Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8). You may need to do a "fresh install" of Spitzer Pride, however. Also, don't forget to allow auto-update for this freshly-installed version. You may encounter problems with security settings...
SPOT REQUIRES JAVA VERSION 1.6 OR 1.7. IT DOES NOT WORK WITH VERSION 1.8. A clean Sierra installation comes with Java 1.8. We advise you to install Java 6 before installing Spot. You can download this from Apple: * Go to https://support.apple.com/kb/D...
We suggest you see the KB article for OSX 10.9 Mavricks [http://sohelp2.ipac.caltech.edu/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/222/15/spot-for-mavericks-macosx-109] for important information. Please also see this article [http://sohelp2.ipac.cal...
If you receive a "Unable to complete Submitting Proposal: a network error occurred." when trying to submit a Spitzer proposal and the following is contained in the error details: "unable to find valid certification path to requested target" doubl...
We do not expect our system to go down. If you want to be sure of getting your proposal in, submit a version as soon as possible. You can update it as many times as you would like before the deadline; the updating procedure is less database-intensive than...
You can either check-in your entire program, or just the modified AOR, so long as you email us at help@spitzer.caltech.edu and let us know EXACTLY what it is you did.
Leopard is now retired as the Spitzer archive interface. The primary place where you should be downloading Spitzer data is now the Spitzer Heritage Archive (SHA), which is resident at the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at the Infrared Proces...
Spot will not show these non-standard observing modes. However, Leopard will show Instrument Engineering Requests (IERs) or Spacecraft Engineering Requests (SERs) for these programs. Under the Detail Information window, the Params tab will be blank. In ge...
There are two things that create this effect. In either case, if your object was observed at the edge of its visibility window, you might not be able to visualize it. (1) To allow faster slews, we changed the definition of the OPZ in early 2004. It red...
Often, the Net Down error indicates that you have an out-of-date version of Spot/Leopard on your machine. To check that you have the correct version go to the toolbar on Spot/Leopard to Help -> About to check which version of Spot/Leopard you are using...
Spot relies on the WCS coordinate information in the FITS header in order to display information. If there is anything wrong with these keywords, Spot will have a problem.