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1 Observing Preparation & Software Tools Simon O’Toole

2 Step 1: Apply for time You’ve heard about writing telescope proposals & the TAC process from Sarah This is the first – and key – step in preparing for your observations

3 Step 1: Apply for time AAT: Magellan (deadline Monday 7 April): Gemini: Use the Phase I Tool

4 Step 1: Apply for time Know your instrument – Contact instrument scientists – Read documentation & manuals – Use S/N calculators (where available)

5 Step 1: Apply for time Know your targets – For Gemini: Are there good guide stars? What observing mode best suits your needs? – For AAT, Magellan: Have good backup targets/science for poor conditions

6 What next? Every telescope is different

7 Step 2: Detailed preparation Speak to your support astronomer! – AAT: assigned support astronomers tml tml – Gemini: AusGO support, Gemini contact scientists – Magellan: AusGO staff, Instrument scientists – Previous users!

8 Step 2: Detailed preparation There are plenty of software tools to complement this support Gemini & AAT in particular, but Magellan also has some S/N calculators

9 The AAT AAT – ITCs – AAOmega – esp. configure for 2dFhttp://www.aao.gov.au/2df/aaomega/aaomeg a_software.html–http://www.aao.gov.au/2df/aaomega/aaomeg a_software.html

10 Gemini Gemini Phase I Tool (PIT) ITCs for each instrument Observing Tool (OT) GMMPS for mask-making mps REL.tar.gz mps REL.tar.gz

11 Gemini PIT

12 Gemini Phase I Tool

13 Integration Time Calculators AAT: Gemini: ciops/instruments ciops/instruments Magellan: FourStar/calc.html (for example) FourStar/calc.html

14 Gemini Observing Tool

15 Gemini Observing Tool

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17 Important: Speak to your support astronomer!

18 Thank you


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