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User-support models at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes
Author(s): Chris Benn
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Paper Abstract

The user support model at the ING telescopes has evolved considerably over the last 20 years, mainly in response to improvements in the reliability and efficiency of the observing systems. Observers at the 4.2-m William Her- schel Telescope (WHT) currently get first-night (afternoon + evening) support from staff support astronomers, and all-night support from telescope operators. As of 2010, the telescope operators also provide engineering sup- port at night. Observers at the 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) get first-night support from student support astronomers, but no night-time operator/engineering support. Feedback from observers indicates a continuing high level of satisfaction with the support they receive.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 84480B (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927132
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Chris Benn, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8448:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Fernando Comeron, Editor(s)

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