25 July 2000 Coordinating multiwavelength campaigns between observatories
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There are now a large number of space-based observatories as well as several queue-scheduled ground-based observatories. As each new telescope is brought on line, astronomers find more ways to increase their scientific return through multi- wavelength campaigns between the available telescopes. Observers can and should be involved in the coordination process from the beginning. They need to be informed about the issues, understand their true requirements and stay in touch with the involved observatories, but this is not always sufficient. Starting in 1995 the schedulers for five telescopes began contacting each other directly to plan campaigns in a way that truly met the goals of the observers. This was very beneficial because observatories have different scheduling constraints and sometimes different names of the same constraints, as well as different proposal cycles. Because the number of tightly coupled observations in increasing, it would make sense to investigate automating the comparison of viewing opportunities. Innovations in observatory coordination include trading telescope time (as Chandra and HST have) so that one observatory can award coordinated time between two telescopes. The process of coordinating observations will be discussed along with feedback from successful observers and advice to the potential observer.
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Karla A. Peterson, Karla A. Peterson, Marty Eckert, Marty Eckert, Nancy Remage Evans, Nancy Remage Evans, Paul Hilton, Paul Hilton, Beth Perriello, Beth Perriello, Bryce A. Roberts, Bryce A. Roberts, Evan Smith, Evan Smith, Peg Stanley, Peg Stanley, } "Coordinating multiwavelength campaigns between observatories", Proc. SPIE 4010, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II, (25 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392503; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.392503

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