AIPS HELP file for VLBAEOPS in 31DEC22
As of Mon Sep 25 22:45:27 2023
VLBAEOPS: Procedure to fix EOPs used by the VLBA correlator
INNAME Input file name
INCLASS Input file class
INSEQ Input file sequence number
INDISK Disk number for input file
EOPSFILE File with correct EOPS.
'' => download autmatically
VLBAEOPS is defined in the VLBAUTIL run file.
Use: VLBAEOPS is a procedure that fixes the Earth Orientation
Parameters (EOPs) used by the VLBA correlator. This requires
the existence of a CT table (which contains the old EOPs). This
is HIGHLY recommended if you are doing phase referencing and
astrometry in particular. From 5-May-2003 to 9-Aug-2005 the
VLBA correlator used old predicted EOPs which could be
significantly wrong and will effect all phase referencing
experiments. Before and after this time better predictions are
used but there is still a chance for large error and almost
certainly small errors exist, so it is recommended for all phase
referencing experiments. See HELP CLCOR for more details on the
fix. Type RUN VLBAUTIL to make the VLBAEOPS procedure
WARNING: This function does not work well on data sets that have
been concatenated with multiple days. Use it only on the
initial 1-day sort of data set.
INNAME.....The name of the file to be corrected. Wildcard characters
INCLASS....The class of the file to be corrected. Wildcard
characters are allowed.
INSEQ......The sequence number of the file to be corrected. Zero
defaults to the highest sequence number matching INNAME,
INCLASS, and INDISK.
INDISK.....The disk drive number of the file to be corrected. Zero
defaults to any disk.
EOPSFILE...Input file. If ''=> file will be automatically downloaded.
If there is a problem with automatic downloads (this can
be a problem with some firewalls) the file can be can be
picked up with the following command (all on 1 line!)
curl -u anonymous:email@example.com --ftp-ssl
VLBAEOPS: Procedure to correct the Earth Orientation
Parameters used by the VLBA correlator
Documentor: Amy Mioduszewski
Related Programs: CLCOR, VLBAUTIL
You should run VLBAEOPS after you have run VLBAFIX. It can be run
anytime before the final fringe fit.
VLBAEOPS corrects the Earth Orientation Parameters (EOPs) used by the
VLBA correlator. It requires the existence of a CT table which has
the EOPS used by the correlator and a file, supplied by USNO, which
contains the final values. Having good EOPs is important for all
phase referencing projects, especially astrometry. Particularly bad
EOPs can cause position shifts and distortions in phase referenced
images, some to the degree that the target could be smeared to the
point of non-detection.
This procedure will automatically download the USNO file, if EOPSFILE
is blank and run CLCOR. It does the downloading with curl. If you do
not have this comand on your computer or there is a firewall preventing
downloads you can consult
You may have to create an account with cddis in order to download in
some other fashion.
The automatic download is done with the command
curl -u anonymous:firstname.lastname@example.org --ftp-ssl ftp://gdc.cddis.eosdis.
(no blanks between ancillary/ and solve) and run VLBAEOPS with the
EOPSFILE parameter set.
VLBAEOPS is intended for all levels of VLBA users.