PARKES Observing Information
12 Dec 2017
04 Oct 2017
- New PORTAL and FROG released.
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.
If you prefer the old page: link Modified: John Reynolds (24-Dec-2017)