Proposals to use KOALA 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 a KOALA proposal, interested astronomers should review "Part I: Overview of KOALA and AAOmega" of the KOALA+AAOmega Manual. That section provides all the necessary information to decide if KOALA is suitable for a particular science case and to prepare an observing proposal. In addition to the printable manual, there are the interactive tools listed below:
- AAOmega Grating Calculator: Provides information on expected wavelength coverage and resolution for a particular configuration of the spectrograph.
- KOALA Exposure time Calculator: Provides estimates of instrument performace for a particular setup and target surface brightness.