PARKES Observing Information
Current Observing: Parkes Live!
13 Nov 2018
- Update of FAST webpage link with information on non-pulsar followup projects.
28 Sep 2018
- Update of webpage information and layout, with reformatting to expedite observer access.
This page contains information to assist you in observing with the Parkes radio telescope.
Quick Start Observing Information
Plan your observations
(note some require CSIRO network access)
Conditions at Parkes
(for overall monitoring use MoniCA)
(for user committee feedback see here)
Please find below a full listing of web links.
General Observing Information
Status UpdatesThis provides easily digestable information on the current status of Parkes systems, to aid planning for proposals and observations:
- The status of the telescope and observatory can be monitored with MoniCA.
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.
Modified: Jimi Green (05-Feb-2019)