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Flexible scheduling of the UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT)
Author(s): John K. Davies; Andrew J. Adamson
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Paper Abstract

We present a summary of a short experiment in flexible scheduling of the UKIRT telescope in Hawaii. This was accomplished by asking visiting observers to alternate between projects based on specified environmental conditions. This limited experiment delivered more time on target in the required conditions than would have been achieved by classical scheduling. We find there is a need to accurately estimate overheads during observation planning, to deliver unambiguous measurements of observing conditions on which decisions can be made, to have software to reduce the administrative overhead when accounting for time used and distributing data taken during flexible observing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4010, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II, (25 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392486
Show Author Affiliations
John K. Davies, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Adamson, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4010:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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