Presentation on theme: "Observing Preparation & Software Tools Simon O’Toole."— Presentation transcript:
Observing Preparation & Software Tools Simon O’Toole
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
Step 1: Apply for time AAT: http://www.aao.gov.au/astro/applying.html http://www.aao.gov.au/astro/applying.html Magellan (deadline Monday 7 April): http://ausgo.aao.gov.au/magellan.html http://ausgo.aao.gov.au/magellan.html Gemini: Use the Phase I Tool
Step 1: Apply for time Know your instrument – Contact instrument scientists – Read documentation & manuals – Use S/N calculators (where available)
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
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