Instructions for Visiting Astronomers

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

  • read the User Manual
  • check the instrument news
  • define theobserving strategy and decide (or have at least a rough idea about) which templates to use
  • know how to use p2pp and prepare the observing blocks (OBs)
  • have an idea about the overheads (through 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 program and strategy can be discussed in advance and finalized together with the support astronomers.