Preparing an AAOmega proposal

Proposals to use AAOmega are accepted for either visitor mode or service mode observing. See Applying for time on the AAT for more information on the application process.

Before preparing an AAOmega proposal, interested astronomers should review "Part I: Overview of 2dF and AAOmega" of the 2dF-AAOmega Manual. That section provides all the necessary information to decide if AAOmega is suitable for a particular science case and to prepare an observing proposal. In addition to the printable manual, there are interactive tools available from the tabs on this page including a grating calculator and an Integration Time Calculator (ITC).

The AAOmega grating calculator provides information on expected wavelength coverage and resolution for a particular configuration of the spectrograph.

In 2014 the AAOmega red CCD was replaced with a new, red sensitive E2V chip. The exposure time calculator linked below has not been updated to reflect this change.

The plot below shows the total system throughput observed before (dashed line) and after (solid line) the CCD upgrade. The plot can be used to understand how signal-to-noise ratios will improve over the estimates provided by the exposure time calculator. 

AAOmega Throughput with old and new red CCD

The AAOmega Exposure Time Calculator