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The evolution of observing modes at ESO telescopes
Author(s): S. Marteau; O. Hainaut; G. Hau; S. Mieske; F. Patat; M. Rejkuba; I. Saviane; L. Tacconi-Garman
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Paper Abstract

From the implementation of Service Mode at the NTT in 1997 to the recent "designated" Visitor Mode observations, we review how the palette of observing modes and the types of programs have evolved at ESO. In more detail, we present how the evolution of tools at the disposal of external astronomers and the Observatory staff has enabled ESO to implement new types of observations. We also take a look at the new challenges posed by upcoming instruments at the VLT and present the first steps towards enabling remote observing for ESO telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99101J (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231657
Show Author Affiliations
S. Marteau, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
O. Hainaut, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
G. Hau, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. Mieske, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
F. Patat, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Rejkuba, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
I. Saviane, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
L. Tacconi-Garman, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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