0.9-m Duties for Service PIs

What observers with service time need to do --- short list of highlights

The following is a checklist for you to work through in order to have your service observations made successfully.


Observing Template

You must have your observing templates sent to Adric Riedel, GSU SMARTS Fellow, 7 days before your turno stars, OR YOUR TIME WILL BE FORFEITED --- NO EXCEPTIONS.

Notifications and example templates will be sent to you on the following schedule:

21 days before your turno starts --- INITIAL CONTACT

14 days before your turno starts --- REMINDER 1

10 days before your turno starts --- REMINDER 2

7 days before your turno starts --- *** HARD DEADLINE ***


CTIO Instrument Form

You must fill out a CTIO instrument form at

http://www.ctio.noao.edu/forms/supportforms/visitor_support.html

You should send this in at least TWO WEEKS before the first night of your turno.  This allows us to catch any problems, such as whether or not your requested filters are scheduled for a user at another telescope.


Getting your data

For data acquired via service mode, the GSU 0.9m SMARTS Fellow (as of JUL 2009, Adric Riedel) will ftp the data back to a staging area at GSU.  You will be given instructions on how to retrieve your data shortly after the observations are taken.

YOU WILL HAVE 30 DAYS TO RETRIEVE YOUR DATA, IF YOU WAIT LONGER THAN THAT, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN PERIL


Important Notes

  1. Non-sidereal tracking programs WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED via service time at the 0.9m.  They can be proposed and carried out via user time if you desire.
  2. Polarimetry observations WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED via service time at the 0.9m.  They can be proposed and carried out via user time if you desire.