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Practical Information For Astronomers

by Karen ONeil last modified Feb 27, 2017 by David Frayer


Proposed Changes for Green Bank Observatory Operations

 The National Science Foundation has announced two public scoping meetings and a public comment period for the planned environmental impact statement and proposed changes to Green Bank Observatory operations. The public scoping meetings will be held on November 9, 2016 from 3-5pm and 6-8pm at the Green Bank Observatory Science Center.

Details : http://greenbankobservatory.org/eis-statement/


Proposing on the GBTObservingHelpdeskSchedules

Single Dish Radio Astronomy Basics

Data Reduction and Archive Financial Support Scientific Visitor Info Observer Alerts!


Proposing on the GBT





        • The NRAO help desk is available online


            • GBT Schedule shows the current GBT schedule, with links to historical schedules.
            • Dynamic Scheduling System description.
            • Weather Forecast, as supplied by the national weather service.
            • DSS Weather Forecast presents the suitability of expected near-term weather conditions for high-frequency observing.
            • On Duty Support Schedule shows the local staff scientists who are on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to support the current observations, including observing start up and trouble shooting. The on-duty scientist is usually different from the proposal's assigned Friend/Contact.


        Data Reduction and Archive:


        GBT Instrument Webpages and Information:

          • VEGAS -- the spectral-line backend
          • Mustang-2 -- the 3mm continuum bolometer array
          • 4mm Receiver -- the 68-92 GHz Receiver
          • Argus  -- the 75--116 GHz 16 element focal-plane array
          • GUPPI -- The GUPPI support guide (pulsar backend)
          • JPL Radar Backend  -- Notes on using new JPL radar backend
          • Radar Observing Advice -- Radar Observing Notes and Links
          • VLBI -- VLBI on the GBT
          • PTCS -- Precision Telescope Control System -- performance of GBT antenna
          • GBTCAL -- the GBT Calibration Web Page

          Financial Support:

            • Student Support Program for research by graduates and undergraduates at U.S. universities and colleges.
            • Travel Support may be requested for one U.S. investigator to travel to the NRAO to observe, and for one U.S. investigator to travel to the NRAO to reduce data from NRAO telescopes.
            • Preprint and Page charges for authors at U.S. scientific or educational institutions who use NRAO instruments.


            Scientific Visitor Information:


            Observer Alerts!