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Observability bar charts

Figure: Plotting an observability chart.
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A extremely convenient mean of planning observations is to produce a diagram in which time is used as x-coordinate, and in which an horizontal bar is drawn for each selected source to indicate the time period during which the source is up. Such a plot is produced using the command HORIZON. One may use all sources in the current catalog (HORIZON /SOURCE), all planets (HORIZON /PLANET), or both. Specific objects may be called by their names using HORIZON /SOURCE name1 name2 ... or HORIZON /PLANET name1 name2 .... A source that is presently in the sun avoidance circle is written within brackets ([]) and in italics (e.g. [NGC 2264]). When a quite long catalog is used, the command HORIZON /SOURCE NEXT n can be used repetitively to obtain plots with only n objects at a time.

Example - The following commands will plot the observability hours for the sources of the sample.sou catalog on April 1st$^{st}$ 2008, together with planet Neptun. The output is presented in Fig. [*].

  CATALOG GAG_DEMO:SAMPLE.SOU         ! define the catalog
  OBSERVATORY PICOVELETA              ! ... the observatory
  TIME 12:00 01-APR-2008              ! ... and the time 
  HORIZON /SOURCE /PLANET NEPTUN      ! produce the plot


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