For real world use, chimera needs to be configured for the subset of devices that comprise the Observatory you are driving. This encompasses:
- configuration of the server;
- description of the controllers;
- definition of the instruments;
The configuration file¶
All these components are configured in one file, located under a directory .chimera under your homedir; these are automatically generated for you the first time chimera is run, if they don’t already exist.
The file syntax is very simple: it uses YAML, a very common format. Here is the default one:
chimera: host: 127.0.0.1 port: 7666 site: name: CTIO latitude: "-70:48:20.48" longitude: "-30:10:04.31" altitude: 2187 flat_alt: 80 flat_az : 10 telescope: name: fake type: FakeTelescope camera: name: fake type: FakeCamera use_dss: True filters: "U B V R I" focuser: name: fake type: FakeFocuser dome: name: fake type: FakeDome mode: track telescope: /FakeTelescope/fake weatherstation: type: FakeWeatherStation name: fake controller: - type: Autofocus name: fake camera: /FakeCamera/fake filterwheel: /FakeFilterWheel/fake - type: ImageServer name: fake httpd: True autoload: False
- Each section header goes in a line of its own, no spaces before nor after;
- Each subitem goes in a new line, indented; no blank lines in between;
- If a main item has more than one subitem, they are falgged by prepending a “- ” to each.
With these rules in mind, lets examine the example above.
chimera: host: 127.0.0.1 port: 7666
The server (the host where you ran the chimera script), is identified by the section header; it is followed by indented parameters host and port, indicating the network address:port of the server (remember chimera has distributed capabilities).
site: name: CTIO latitude: "-30:10:4.31" longitude: "-70:48:20.48" altitude: 2212 flat_alt: 80 flat_az : 10
This section describes your observatory’s geolocation and the position for dome flats. Note the site coordinates are quoted.
Every defined instrument carries a number of configuration options; please refer to the Advanced Chimera Configuration section for details.