May, 2018 - Single Dish Training School
May 19-23 (Saturday - Wednesday), Green Bank Observatory
Open to GBT Observers and Scientific Community
The Green Bank Telescope (GBT) Single Dish Training School will provide students, post-docs, and experts in other fields of astronomy with both knowledge and practical experience of the techniques and applications of single-dish radio astronomy using the GBT as the primary example. The school will be based around an intensive series of lectures from experts, as well as hands-on radio-astronomy projects and tutorials. Topics to be covered include radio telescope fundamentals, key single-dish science areas, observing and calibration techniques, the impact of weather, the GBT observing procedures and software, and data reduction.
The school will be held once per year. An intensive GBT remote observer training workshop will be held immediately following the school for those who wish to obtain remote observing certification.
The workshop will begin on the morning of Saturday, May 19 and end on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Attendees should plan on arriving on Friday, May 18 to fully participate in the workshop.
A detailed Schedule will be available soon.
Travel, Lodging, and Meals
The Green Bank Observatory is located in Green Bank, West Virginia.
The street address is:
Green Bank Observatory
155 Observatory Road
Green Bank, WV, 24944
and our GPS coordinates are: 38.431950, -79.817135
The observatory is approximately 4-5 hours from Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA, and approximately 2.5 hours from Charlottesville, VA. We recommend that workshop attendees traveling by air fly into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport (CHO).
Attendees are responsible for their own travel to the observatory. The observatory may provide a shuttle service at an additional fee. The exact cost of the shuttle service will depend on the number of riders that we can place in the same shuttle. Details will be arranged closer to the date of the workshop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries.
Attendees will stay in the observatory residence hall. Meals will be provided on-site.
Radio Frequency Interference and the National Radio Quiet Zone
Green Bank Observatory is located in the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone and the West Virginia Radio Astronomy Zone. These areas provide regulatory protection against certain sources of radio frequency interference that may otherwise negatively impact the scientific operations of the observatory. There is no cell phone reception within many miles of the observatory. GPS navigation typically works but should not be solely relied upon, and maps should be downloaded for offline use. The use of wireless internet, Bluetooth, and other wireless communications is strictly prohibited on observatory grounds. Electronic equipment, including digital cameras, are prohibited near telescopes.
Wired ethernet connections are available for use by attendees in work areas and the residence hall rooms, and observatory computing resources will also be accessible. Attendees should be sure that any personal computers or tablets are compatible with a wired ethernet connection. Adapters for tablets and ultra-portable laptops will *not* be provided.
More information on the NRQZ is available here.
Below are some useful resources for new and experienced GBT observers. These resources will be covered in detail during the workshop, but attendees are welcome to briefly review the information below to familiarize themselves with some of the terminology prior to arrival.
Practical Information for GBT Observers
GBT Observer’s Guide
GBT Proposal Guide
Dynamic Scheduling System
Remote Observing Instructions
GBTIDL (Spectral line data reduction software)
PRESTO (pulsar data reduction software)
MUSTANG Data Reduction Guide
Odds and Ends
Green Bank is located in the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 2,700 feet (~823 meters). Weather in mid-May can still be quite cool at night and even during the day. Closed-toe shoes are required for tours of the GBT.
Questions should be directed to Ryan Lynch (email@example.com)