Instructions for new FAST observers:
Created 04/14/04 by EF
Updated 08/25/15 by EF
- Familiarize yourself with the F. L. Whipple Observatory
In particular, visit the
links to the Tillinghast 1.5m (60in)
and to the visiting astronomer
If you will be driving any SI vehicles while at FLWO, please
review our vehicle policy and if you
have not done so previously, submit a driver's statement. The guide
includes more information and links to download these documents.
- Familiarize yourself with the FAST
- Arrange to arrive at Mt. Hopkins two days, or at
minimum, one day before your observing run, for training with FAST and
the 1.5m telescope.
- Start by contacting Sue Demski-Hamelin at OIR to
organize your trip (or Alisha Jansky, Sue's backup when she is unavailable).
She will need to know whether you are a Harvard
student; if you are, your trip should be covered by Harvard. If you
are not, your FAST observing will be covered through SAO/OIR, which
means you need to be appointed an Invitational Traveler. If you
are not yet in the SAO Peoplesoft database,
you will be sent an Invitational Traveler Enrollment
Package to be added to the database. Once you are in the
database, you will have your ticket issued by the SAO Travel Office.
- You will need to fill out a travel authorization
accessible exclusively from CfA computers.
- You will also need to contact FLWO for a dorm room at least 1 week
in advance of your run and for a taxi from Tucson to FLWO and back
yourself at least 2 days before you travel (see the visiting
for details). If you do not drive, please let us know as soon as
possible before traveling, so we can arrange for your rides up
and down the mountain.
- Check the schedule of the 1.5m ("Local telescope schedules," from the
1.5m telescope main web page)
contact the observer who is observing before you (usually Perry Berlind
or Mike Calkins) and contact him or her by email before you come out, to
coordinate your training.
- Contact Jessica Mink or Sean Moran at OIR well before you come
out, to discuss proper data acquisition procedures with FAST.
- It is possible that, during your run, you may be asked to tend to
the 1.2m. The RTS2-F robot runs the telescope, but occasionally it may
need assistance. Normally, the impact on your own observing will be
slight. Daytime staff will instruct you if necessary.