Remote Observing from the North Ryde Building

Remote Observing

The AAT supports remote observing from the AAO offices at North Ryde and from three remote observing at stations at RSAA (Canberrra), Swinburne (Melbourne), and ICRAR (Perth). Remote observing is restricted to suitably experienced observers. If you have not used the AAT in the last two years, then we require you to do the observations from site.

If you so wish, observations can be done simultaneously from site, North Ryde, and from the remote observing stations at ICRAR, Swinburne, and RSAA.

In all cases, irrespective of which remote observing station you use, please fill out the Visitor Form to notify us of your intentions.

All astronomers working from remote stations must make contact with site at 3pm (4pm during daylight saving).

Remote Observing from North Ryde

Upon arrival at the North Ryde offices, please proceed to security to pick up your building access badge, and if working alone, a lone worker protection badge. If required, please arrange a time to meet your support astronomer on the day you start observing, so that they will know at what time to expect you. The support astronomer will show you the location of the remote control room and other amenities in North Ryde.

Lone Worker Protection System

The AAO has implemented a lone worker protection system for remote observers who are working alone at night in the North Ryde Building. On your arrival to the Nroth Ryde Building, pick up a worker protection system tag from security. This is in addiiton to your access pass. Select one of the tags labeled "Astronomer". 

 Emergency Internet Access

Once or twice a semester, we loose the fibre link between site and Sydney. We have set up a procedure to transfer data (e.g. FLD files) between Sydney and site when this occurs. Instructions are available in the white folder in the remote control room.

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