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Mopra Release notes for 2012OCT

Mopra for 2012OCT: This first release of the schedule for 2012OCT covers only the months of October and November. October will be scheduled as ATNF time, including some maintenance periods. November will be used primarily for an LBA block. It is currently anticipated that after the LBA session the mm-receiver package will be removed from the telescope for maintenance and not be re-installed until February 2013.

Unallocated Time: After the scheduling of incomplete, TAC-approved large projects in October, some unallocated ("green") time remains available. Requests for the use of this time by experienced observers may be made to the Head of Science Operations (philip.edwards [at] Such requests should outline the proposed observations, the amount of time required, the useful LST range, any dates which are not useful, and indicate which experienced team members will be available to conduct the observations. The block of ATNF time for which green time requests will be considered ends on October 31st.

Daylight Saving: Daylight Saving will begin again in New South Wales on Sunday October 7th at 2:00am, when clocks will be put forward one hour. Daylight saving in New South Wales ends at 3:00am Eastern Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April, when clocks will be put back one hour. The observing schedule is in AEST. During the daylight saving period, local "clock time" is one hour ahead of AEST, so 7am AEST is 8am daylight saving time.

Public Holidays: Monday October 1st is a public holiday in New South Wales (Labour Day). Tuesday December 25th (Christmas Day) and Wednesday December 26th (Boxing Day) are public holidays, and Thursday December 27th is a public service holiday (which includes all CSIRO staff). Tuesday January 1st is the New Year's Day public holiday. Monday January 28th is a public holiday for Australia Day (which falls on Saturday 26th). The Easter long weekend runs from Friday March 29th to Monday April 1st: Good Friday (March 29th) and Easter Monday (April 1st) are public holidays.

Version History: Version 1 of the schedule was released on 25 September 2012.

Generated: Phil Edwards (25-sep-2012)