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Science returns of flexible scheduling on UKIRT and the JCMT
Author(s): Andrew J. Adamson; Remo P.J. Tilanus; Jane Buckle; Gary R. Davis; Frossie Economou; Tim Jenness; K. Delorey
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Paper Abstract

The Joint Astronomy Centre operates two telescopes at the Mauna Kea Observatory: the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, operating in the submillimetre, and the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, operating in the near and thermal infrared. Both wavelength regimes benefit from the ability to schedule observations flexibly according to observing conditions, albeit via somewhat different "site quality" criteria. Both UKIRT and JCMT now operate completely flexible schedules. These operations are based on telescope hardware which can quickly switch between observing modes, and on a comprehensive suite of software (ORAC/OMP) which handles observing preparation by remote PIs, observation submission into the summit database, conditions-based programme selection at the summit, pipeline data reduction for all observing modes, and instant data quality feedback to the PI who may or may not be remote from the telescope. This paper describes the flexible scheduling model and presents science statistics for the first complete year of UKIRT and JCMT observing under the combined system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5493, Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.555929
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew J. Adamson, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Remo P.J. Tilanus, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Jane Buckle, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Gary R. Davis, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Frossie Economou, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Tim Jenness, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
K. Delorey, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5493:
Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies
Peter J. Quinn; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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