Simulations documentation

Documentation for the LSST Simulations software packages.

Simulations Metric Analysis Framework (MAF)

The Metrics Analysis Framework (MAF) is a software package intended to make it easier to write code to analyze telescope pointing histories; in particular, the primary use case is to analyze simulated surveys generated by the LSST Operations Simulator (OpSim).

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This package contains the sky field information that is used by the Operations Simulator.

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The sims_movingObjects package generates observations of moving objects as ‘seen’ in a simulated pointing history.

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