UKST Semester 2012A Schedule
Dear UKST user,This letter accompanies the release of Version 1.1 (the second issued version) of the UKST observing schedule for Semester 12A. The schedule can be found on the WWW at http://www.aao.gov.au/ukst/ukst_sched12a.html. This schedule can now be considered official, and you can make travel arrangements based on it. Observers will be consulted about any change which may affect them.
Support Astronomer Guidelines : We also draw your attention to the Guidelines for AAO Support Astronomers released on the AAO WWW pages at www.aao.gov.au/astro/supguide.html These set out the services that AAO staff aim to provide visiting astronomers, and against which we can be graded in your Observer's Report Form at the end of your run (www.aao.gov.au/cgi-bin/make_obs_form).
Finally, all observers must read through the attached "Guidelines for UKST Observers" - they contain important information on how to get the most from your UKST observing time. Note that it is the responsibility of the principal contact named on your proposal to inform collaborators of their allocation and these guidelines.
Good Observing Paul Cass UKST scheduler firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for UKST Observers
A "Must-do" Checklist
SupportAn UKST observer is always provided at the telescope to undertake all aspects of 6dF observing. Visiting observers are required to ensure that their target lists are supplied to UKST about a week before the start of their run, in standard .fld format. On arrival at the telescope, visitors are asked to set-up/check the configurations created from the .fld files and to discuss the observing strategy with the duty observer. There will usually be the opportunity to reduce data using the 6dfdr package during the run.
6dFInformation about the 6dF instrument can be found on the WWW at : http://www.aao.gov.au/ukst/6df.html
Travel, Accommodation & Arriving at the UKSTThe AAO is no longer able to offer a travel booking service. You can let us know of your plans by using the WWW forms available at http://www.aao.gov.au/admin/travelform.html. General travel information can be obtained at http://www.aao.gov.au/admin/travel.html. Changes to your travel should be notified to our Travel Officer (email@example.com).
A study desk, torch/flashlight, and UKST key will be allocated for your use at the telescope. If you arrive at night, the UKST building will be locked (though the ANU Lodge will not). You may phone the UKST observer from the Lodge to request admission (Tel : 02 6842 1622).
Safety at the UKSTOn arrival at the UKST, you will receive a safety briefing.
Visits and Talks at EppingWe encourage observers to visit the AAO Laboratory in Epping, Sydney. In particular, we encourage visitors to present colloquia -- please contact Quentin Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to give us a talk. Facilities available include a library, PCs and UNIX workstations running STARLINK, FIGARO, IDL, and IRAF software. Let us know your plans.
Preprints and ReprintsIt is important that we maintain complete records of publications based on AAT and UKST observations. Please send two copies of preprints and reprints of published and conference papers to the Epping librarian (email@example.com ). We also request an acknowledgement to the AAO in any publications which result from use of the facilities.
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