Welcome to the Mopra Telescope
The Mopra Telescope is a 22-m single-dish radio telescope located at the edge of the Warrumbungle Mountains near Coonabarabran, about 450 km north-west of Sydney. It is operated by CSIROs Astronomy and Space Science division, as are the Parkes Telescope and the Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri in north-west New South Wales. A fourth radio telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, is also being developed by CSIRO at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in the mid-west of Western Australia. Collectively, CSIRO's radio astronomy observatories are known as the Australia Telescope National Facility, with the facility supporting Australia's research in radio astronomy.
Mopra is situated at a latitude and longitude of -31.2678, 149.0997 and an elevation of 860m. The telescope is primarily used for 3-mm spectroscopy and VLBI experiments.
From October 2015, Mopra is being operated under contract with a team of institutions led by the University of NSW: CSIRO is maintaining the telescope, and observing is carried out by te team. (From Oct 2012 to Oct 2015, Mopra operations were funded from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the University of NSW, and the University of Adelaide, as described by the operating model for that period.
A severe bushfire on Sunday January 13, 2013 burned a large region near Coonbarabran including the Mopra and Siding Spring Observatories. Fortunately, the telescope itself and the key data-taking equipment were spared by the fire, but mains power was cut and the on-site building suffered significant damage. The telescope was returned to operations in May 2013. See the Current Issues page for more details.
Mopra Observing Guides
- Information for Observers All the information you need to prepare your proposal and your observing run
- UPDATED MAR 2014 Mopra Current Issues Check here before starting your observing run
- Mopra Remote Observing Find out how to set up remote observing sessions
- Mopra Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) Also check the "Current Issues" page please.
- Telescope Control System User Interface (TCS UI) Manual
ATNF Observing Information
- ATNF Observing Schedules
- Applying for time on ATNF Telescopes
- ATNF Accommodation Booking Form
- Australia Telescope Online Archive
- Observability charts plotter
- Beam position mapper to verify your maps. DO NOT USE UNLESS YOU ARE THE OBSERVER IN CHARGE!
- mops_vis: The tools for finding your central frequency and zoom window numbers. (requires wish, runs on linux/cygwin/osx)
- Sensitivity calculator (2005 versions)
- Sensitivity calculator 2013 version (now includes MOPS Broadband 1k channel mode)
- Schedule File Tool: Position Switching v5.0
- On-The-Fly Mapping v6.0 Schedule File Tool, supports fast mapping and graphical zoom window selection. If you have trouble with the new Schedule File Tool, here's the old one: On-The-Fly Mapping v5.3
- Velocity to frequency calculator
- Catalogue & Monitoring of SiO masers
- Coordinate Calculator COORD
- Submit a Fault Report
Data Reduction & Calibration
- Map making tutorial. An brief tutorial outlining how to reduce Mopra mapping data using livedata, gridzilla, kvis, miriad and to clean it up and present it pretty with IDL.
- ASAP - ATNF Spectral Analysis Package An ASAP-GUI interface has been developed by Cormac Purcell and is available for download
- Livedata/Gridzilla - On-the-fly Mapping Analysis Package
Mopra Monitoring Information
- Augmented reality view in TOAD explained
- TOAD (ATNF external access) Bookmark the new URL!
- TOAD (ATNF internal access) Bookmark the new URL!
- Mopra Webcam
- Mopra SkyCam
- (External) IR Satellite Loop
- Select monitor points
- Impending CLOUDSAT passes. Avoid pointing near zenith with 3mm on axis during CLOUDSAT passes!
Local Mopra Observatory Information
Modified: Phil Edwards (07 Sep 2017)