TAO is distributed in a zip file
about 2 MB in size. To install TAO,
just unzip the distribution zip file to some directory on your hard drive.
For example, if you choose to unzip it to the root of the C:
drive, you will obtain a directory C:\TAO containing the following
- ACP_scripts: this directory contains the MU image acquisition
script and a script which automates the measurement of telescope slew times, in separate subdirectories.
These scripts may be executed under the ACP observatory control program.
- docs: this directory contains the
- obs: users of the MU script may use this directory to store
target lists to be executed, log files, and calibration files (dark frames, bias frames, flat fields).
- orchestrate_scripts: Users of Orchestrate may use this directory to
store Orchestrate scripts generated by the TAO
- regress: this directory contains program
regress, which may be used for linear regression analyses of such data
as telescope slew time vs. angular displacement, focuser position vs. temperature, etc.
- schedule: this directory contains program
schedule and associated files.
- targets: this directory is used to store
TAO's target databases, and contains the programs
and scripts which are used to create and update it.
- users: users of the MU script may use this directory to store
CCD images (in separate subdirectories for each user).
Note: In this documentation we will refer to the above subdirectories by their paths
relative to the directory to which you have unzipped the TAO distribution zip file.
For example, if you chose to unzip the distribution file to C:, then a reference to
directory TAO\ should be interpreted as C:\TAO\, a reference to directory
TAO\schedule\ should be interpreted as C:\TAO\schedule\, and so forth.
Installing Windows Script 5.6
In order to run the scripts included with TAO, you will need
to have Windows Script 5.6 (or later) installed on your computer. You may verify if Windows Script
5.6 (or a later version) is
already installed on your computer by opening a DOS window (also called a Command Prompt in
the newer versions of Windows) and typing
If you see a copyright message like
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.6
CopyRight (C) Microsoft Corporation 1996-2001. All rights reserved.
followed by usage information, then Windows Script 5.6 is already installed and you can proceed to
the installation of the software components for automated data download (see below). Otherwise, go to the
Microsoft downloads page, select Windows Script
in the "Product/Technology" box, type 5.6 in the "Keywords" box, and click on the "Go" button.
Select the appropriate version of Windows Script 5.6 for your operating system, and follow the instructions
provided on the web site for downloading and installing Windows Script.
Installing software components for automated data download
TAO's scripts perform automated data downloads, including
ephemerides, lists of unusual minor planets, etc. This requires that you install the following software
- Download msvbvm50.exe and
double click on this file in Windows Explorer to install a set of Visual Basic 5
which contains the Microsoft Winsock Control 6.0.
Open mswinsck.cab with WinZip or a similar program,
and extract its contents to an empty directory. Use Windows Explorer to
locate file mswinsck.inf
in this directory, right-click on it, and select Install. If you get a window saying that you need to use
a CD-ROM to install the file, just choose to proceed, specify the directory to which the contents of
mswinsck.cab were unzipped (this directory will probably be already specified in the appropriate text box),
and finish the installation.
- Download post.zip and
unzip it to an empty directory. Use Windows Explorer to locate file post.exe
in this directory, double-click on it, and click Ok on the dialog window
which will pop up.
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