Observing with AAOmega

Astronomers who have been awarded observing time with AAOmega should read "Part II: Preparing for Observing" of the 2dF-AAOmega Manual. This section describes everything that must be done in advance of an observing run on the AAT with AAOmega, such as preparing field files for observation as well as more practical matters such as travel and accommodation at the telescope or at the remote observing site.

For astronomers with visitor mode observing time, AAOmega can be used at the AAT or fully remotely from the AAO's North Ryde headquarters in the suburbs of Sydney. Either mode is fully supported. An AAO Support Astronomer will be assigned to your observing run (check the schedule to find out who). The support astronomer will be the primary point of contact for the observatory. He or she can help with preparing for your observing run, will drive the instrument during your observing run, and can help with data reduction problems.

Before arriving at the observatory astronomers should read "Part III: Observing with 2dF-AAOmega" of the 2dF-AAOmega Manual. This outlines the various observations required as well as the process of driving the instrument that will be undertaken by your support astronomer.

For astronomers with service mode observing time, the observatory will handle taking the necessary data and forwarding it to the program PI. Support for preparing service programs and reducing the data will be provided by the instrument scientist.

Warning: The RED and BLUE CCDs of AAOmega show bias variations. The RED CCD bias level occasionally drops down to zero or smaller count levels. Please pay attention while taking biases and make sure count level is above 200 ADU. In case of a bias level drop, taking a quick bias with the FAST readout mode and then switching back to NORMAL readout mode will bring the bias levels back.