PARKES Observing Information
31 May 2016
- New style webpages introduced. Old style webpages accessible here
General Observing Information
Status UpdatesThis provides easily digestable information on the current status of Parkes systems, to aid planning for proposals and observations:
Preparing a schedule
- Use the Spectral-line Position Switching Schedule Creator to create a TCS schedule file with multiple sources using position-switching.
- Use the Spectral-line OTF Schedule Creator to create on-the-fly (OTF) schedule files for use by TCS.
- Use the Spectral-line Scanning Schedule Creator to create map schedule files (frequency-switching optional) for use by TCS.
- Use the Spectral-line MX/Frequency Switching Schedule Creator to create a TCS schedule file with multiple sources using MX mode or Tracking mode with frequency switching enabled.
- Use the SPOT Schedule Generator to create a SPOT observation calibration schedule.
- Use the TCS Pulsar Schedule Generator to create digital filter bank pulsar schedules.
Choosing a calibrator
- Use the calibrator database.
Planning your observations
- Use COORD to determine Rise/Set times of objects.
- Use CALIB to determine which known sources/pointing calibrators are currently visible.
- Use the observability tool to produce time vs. elevation charts for multiple objects.
- Use PLANETS to calculate positions of the Sun, Moon and planets (JPL DE405 Ephemerides also available).
- Calculate the amount of time you will need with the PARKES Sensitivity Calculator.
- Convert your target's coordinates with COCO (HEASARC version of the coordinate conversion form).
- Use LINES to determine rest frequencies of recombination or molecular/atomic lines within a bandpass.
- Use VELO to convert velocities-frequencies.
- The status of the telescope and observatory can be monitored with MoniCA.
If you prefer the old page: link Modified: Jimi Green (06-Oct-2016)