ATCA Observing Information
Current Status 2021 March 5 - COVID-19
- Telescope is working as normal, physical distancing measures are in place.
- Duty astronomer support is being done remotely.
- Normal schedule is in effect.
- Travel to Narrabri Paul Wild Observatory is possible, with the approval of the site leader (and of course only for those people who are separately allowed entry to NSW). Travel to the SOC is also permitted under the same conditions.
- Observers who would need requalification at the SOC are permitted to continue observing remotely. For those observers who have not observed or requalified within the last 2 years, permission may be granted to observe, but only after contacting observatory staff.
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- See what the sky looks like with the All-Sky camera.
- Check weather conditions with the ATCA weather station.
- Use the weather radar to see oncoming storm fronts.
- Look out for storms with the lightning tracker.
- Check the weather forecasts and other imagery with our weather links page.
- See what an artificial neural network thinks the atmospheric seeing will be like.
Preparing a schedule
- Use the CABB Scheduler to prepare your schedule and save it to the online observing machines.
- If you can't use that, use the offline CABB Scheduler, which can only save schedules to your local machine.
- Use the mosaic uploader page to upload any mosaics you have to the online observing machines.
- Read the Users Guide appendix about the scheduler.
- Get some more information on the scheduler.
- Use the velocity to frequency calculator, and get a list of spectral line rest frequencies.
- Check the observability of your targets with the Interactive Observability Chart Plotter.
Preparing a proposal
- Calculate the amount of time you will need with the CABB Sensitivity Calculator.
- Simulate your observating configuration with the Friendly Virtual Radio Interferometer, developed by Cormac Purcell and Roy Truelove.
- Convert your target's coordinates with COCO (HEASARC version of the coordinate conversion form).
Getting your data
- ATOA: Australia Telescope Online Archive.
- The ATCA Users Guide should be the first guide you check for answers. It is available as a single HTML page, multiple HTML pages, and a PDF. Last updated on 5 March 2018
- Read about the CABB correlator.
- Read about the Legacy Projects.
- Read about the Water Vapor Radiometers available on all antennas.
- Read about the design and construction of the ATCA in the JEEEA Special Issue ("green book").
Original: Nuria McKay (15-May-1995)
Modified: Jamie Stevens (26-Apr-2016)