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Training telescope operators and support astronomers at Paranal
Author(s): Henri M. J. Boffin; Dimitri A. Gadotti; Joe Anderson; Andres Pino; Willem-Jan de Wit; Julien H. V. Girard
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Paper Abstract

The operations model of the Paranal Observatory relies on the work of efficient staff to carry out all the daytime and nighttime tasks. This is highly dependent on adequate training. The Paranal Science Operations department (PSO) has a training group that devises a well-defined and continuously evolving training plan for new staff, in addition to broadening and reinforcing courses for the whole department. This paper presents the training activities for and by PSO, including recent astronomical and quality control training for operators, as well as adaptive optics and interferometry training of all staff. We also present some future plans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 991032 (11 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232105
Show Author Affiliations
Henri M. J. Boffin, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Dimitri A. Gadotti, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Joe Anderson, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andres Pino, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Willem-Jan de Wit, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Julien H. V. Girard, European Southern Observatory (Chile)

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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