Paranal Science Operations (PSO) is the department of the La Silla Paranal Observatory that is in charge of the operation of the telescopes on Paranal. These telescopes are:
- The four Unit Telescopes (UTs) forming the VLT.
- The VLTI, which is the interferometric combination of either the UTs or the Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs).
- The VST and VISTA survey telescopes.
- January 2013:
In our commitment to continuously improve the services provided to the community of ESO users, our operations model has recently undergone a reorganization of the day- and night- time tasks. The implementation of the related changes has started in January of 2013 and full deployment is expected to last until mid-2013. These changes aim at enhancing:
- the quality of the daytime support, in particular towards visiting astronomers (the nighttime support astronomer will most of the time also be available to help with the preparation of the science programs), and
- the quality of the instrument support (documentation, science product and related calibration/reduction).
- October 2012:
- Deployment of new generation operations tools at all LPO telescopes, including vOT/P2PP3.
- Discontinuation of DVD data backup for visitors and FTP transfer of ToO data. All data (science & calibrations) should now be accessed via the ESO archive.
Information for Observers
In the SciOPs pages, you should find all the information you need for your observations from the time you have an idea of observations until when you finish processing your data. The menu on the left contains the list of the PSO pages for the astronomers, which are described in more details hereafter. Also, some useful ESO pages (not belonging to PSO) can be accessible from the left sub-menus and are explained in this page.
Preparing your proposals for observing time and your observations
Visiting astronomer coming to Paranal:
- Before your observation run: you should familiarize yourself with
the technical documentation (see below), and with P2PP. This Visitor Information page contains
the info you will need. From that page, you will also find
informations on the Computers at
your disposal, as well as on the Data
Reduction Software installed.
Remember to prepare
- a backup program in case of poor seeing, thin clouds or strong winds (usually implying targets with Dec < -25deg),
- the list of additional objects you want to observe in addition to your approved targets
- Arriving on Paranal, you should also check out the practical information you should find in your room (or here as a PDF file)
- Before your observation run: you should familiarize yourself with the technical documentation (see below), and with P2PP. This Visitor Information page contains the info you will need. From that page, you will also find informations on the Computers at your disposal, as well as on the Data Reduction Software installed.
- All you need for Phase 2 and afterward is on the USD Phase 2 page
After the observations...
Special cases - Targets of Opportunity and Director Discretionary time:
- DDT Instructions: how to apply for Director Discretionary time
- RRM trigger: instructions for triggering Rapid Response Mode Observations.
- RRM Status: log of the instrument status and of the RRM triggers.
- ToO Policies: the rules governing the execution of ToO at the La Silla Paranal Observatory.
- ToO Trigger form, to request the execution of an approved ToO observation.