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1.11. Successful Proposals and Observing

After the Time Assignment Committee (TAC) has met, you will be notified when the TAC grades and feedback on your proposal are available. These are available to all members of the proposal team through OPAL. All proposers are notified when the schedule for the next semester is released, and these schedules will appear on the web.

Generally, at least one member of the observing team must be present at the SOC to do the observations. The visiting observer should be well-versed with the needs of their observing program before arriving, particularly if they did not write the observing proposal or schedule files. If they need assistance from the friend or DA to prepare their schedules, they should arrive well before the start of their observations; at least two weekdays.

Occupational Health and Safety regulations require that observers are not to observe for more than 16 hours, so for long observations you will need more than one observer.

Plan your trip to the SOC with the help of the ATNF Visitor's Information. You will need to book transport, accommodation and computer resources in Marsfield before arrival.

Note that multi-configuration observations are likely to occur weeks or even months apart, so you may need to plan either one long visit or several short trips. Overseas observers will require a valid visa and passport for entry into Australia.

The Compact Array is controlled from user generated schedule files. Schedule files are prepared with the CABB web scheduler.

Schedules contain source names, positions, frequencies, bandwidths, and any other information that caobs needs for observations.

A useful tool to determine the altitude, azimuth, and rising and setting times of astronomical objects, which may help with preparation of your schedule files, is coord. Currently, this is most easily accessed via the Parkes website. When using this tool be sure to change the site to Australia Telescope Compact Array, and change the elevation limit to 12 degrees for cm observing at the ATCA.

1.11.1. The Duty Astronomer

A Duty Astronomer will be present at the SOC to help local observers get their observations started, and to help with any problems that arise during the observations. Our web site has the list of duty astronomers for the upcoming semester, as well as for previous semesters. The Duty Astronomer has no obligation to participate in the observing.

For help before and after your observations, see Section 1.10.1.