Observing with ESO telescopes: the what, when and how (Luca Sbordone; ESO-Chile)

From March 15, 2017 13:15 until March 15, 2017 13:45

At Instituto de Astrofísica, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Santiago, Chile

Categories: Seminarios

The ESO observatories are among the most powerful and versatile observing infrastructures available to thee chilean astronomical community. However, ESO's large selection of instrument, multiple, complex observing modes, and very structured (and sometimes quirky) process for observing proposal submission and observation preparation can appear overwhelming to students and young postdocs, and the subtleties are often unknown to more experienced astronomers.
This seminar is intended as a primer of the process of proposing observations to ESO, preparing the actual observations and performing them (or keeping track of them if they are executed in service mode), with some insight on how the whole process works "from the inside", and what are the less-than-obvious issues that can pop up. How does one propose, and how does one write an effective proposal? How are proposals judged, and observations scheduled? Should I choose visitor or service? What are ToOs and Fillers, and when would I want to use them? What is an OB, and how do I submit them to ESO (watch out, this is about to change...)? How does ranking and scheduling work for service observations, and what are the do's and do-not's in preparing them? How do observing constraints (seeing, airmass, transparency...) affect the likelihood that my data will be taken? Where do I find documentation on the whole thing, or to whom can I ask for advice? In which way are Chilean proposal special? I will try to answer these questions and hopefully more.