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Coordinating multiwavelength campaigns between observatories
Author(s): Karla A. Peterson; Marty Eckert; Nancy Remage Evans; Paul Hilton; Beth Perriello; Bryce A. Roberts; Evan Smith; Peg Stanley
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Paper Abstract

There are now a large number of space-based observatories as well as several queue-scheduled ground-based observatories. As each new telescope is brought on line, astronomers find more ways to increase their scientific return through multi- wavelength campaigns between the available telescopes. Observers can and should be involved in the coordination process from the beginning. They need to be informed about the issues, understand their true requirements and stay in touch with the involved observatories, but this is not always sufficient. Starting in 1995 the schedulers for five telescopes began contacting each other directly to plan campaigns in a way that truly met the goals of the observers. This was very beneficial because observatories have different scheduling constraints and sometimes different names of the same constraints, as well as different proposal cycles. Because the number of tightly coupled observations in increasing, it would make sense to investigate automating the comparison of viewing opportunities. Innovations in observatory coordination include trading telescope time (as Chandra and HST have) so that one observatory can award coordinated time between two telescopes. The process of coordinating observations will be discussed along with feedback from successful observers and advice to the potential observer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4010, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II, (25 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392503
Show Author Affiliations
Karla A. Peterson, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Marty Eckert, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Nancy Remage Evans, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Paul Hilton, Institute of Space and Astronomical Science (Japan)
Beth Perriello, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Bryce A. Roberts, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Evan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peg Stanley, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)

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

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