Instructions for Visiting Astronomers

The offered instrument modes and configuration are the same in service and visitor mode. In both cases it is necessary to:

  • read the User Manual
  • check the instrument news
  • define the observing strategy and decide which templates to use
  • know how to use p2web and prepare the observing blocks (OBs)
  • have an idea about the overheads (see the XSHOOTER ETC)
  • In addition, the visitor is advised to prepare a backup program for strong wind (pointing restriction of the telescope) or bad seeing.
    Backup targets, as well as additional/change of targets, and change of instrument setup should be requested following these instructions.

    More general information about VM runs can be found here.

    Instrument related questions before the VM run should be addressed to xshooter at eso.org. Any VM run normally includes two additional days at the observatory during which the observing strategy can be discussed and finalized with the support astronomers.