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Synoptic Queue

The Synoptic Queue is designed for partners who would like to do monitoring programs. The programs don't require an entire night of telescope time, but rather a small amount of time every night, week or month. The program enables partner institutions time on the telescope without having to travel to Kitt Peak to make the observations. As a synoptic queue observer you are alloted up to one hour for each night you request observations. Submission for the synoptic queue follows the same guidelines as classic observing submissions. Synoptic queue proposals are ranked by each institution in the same pool as the classic observing proposals. Synoptic program PIs must submit a detailed outline for their observing program to each night's on-site observer. Targets and their coordinates are required. Pointing charts are helpful but not required. When creating an outline for each nights one must take into account exposure time, readout time (about 2.5 minutes per image) and slew time (about 3 minutes) if there are multiple targets. The more information the synoptic PI can provide the on-site observer the better chance they have of their program succeeding. Synoptic data will only be taken in UBVRI filters. These filters are permenantly installed at the telescope. There is no way to know what other filters, if any, the on-site observers will request for their run. At the end of each night the on-site observer will email the synoptic PI to inform them of where their data is stored. It is then the responsibility of the synoptic PI to retreive the data and delete each nights directory.


Queue Observing Tools

Synoptic Queue

Photometric Queue

Opportunity Queue


Flynn Haase, Site Manager
WIYN 0.9m Observatory
950 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
E-mail: fhaase@noao.edu
Telephone: (520) 318-8588
Fax: (520) 318-8417

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