Spring 2017 GBT Observer Training Workshop
May 15 – 19, 2017, Green Bank Observatory
The GBT Observer Training Workshop will provide the essential skills and knowledge that observers need to maximize the scientific output of
their use of the Green Bank Telescope. After completing the workshop, attendees will be certified to remotely observe with GBT. The workshop will consist of classroom lectures that provide background on observing techniques with the GBT and single dish radio telescopes more generally, as well as hands-on use of the GBT under the guidance of observatory staff. Topics to be covered include radio telescope fundamentals, observing and calibration techniques, the impact of weather, the GBT observing procedure and software, data reduction, remote observing, telescope scheduling, and remote observing.
Attendees will perform group observing projects that are representative of the observing techniques most relevant to their areas of interest
(e.g. high frequency mapp, continuum, pulsar, etc.).
These workshops will be held twice a year and will complement traditional on-site training.
The workshop will begin on May 15 and end on May 19, 2017. Attendees should plan on arriving in Green Bank on May 14 and departing May 20.
A detailed schedule is forthcoming. For reference, the Fall 2016 schedule is available here.
Travel, Lodging, and Meals
The Green Bank Observatory is located in Green Bank, West Virginia.
The street address is:
155 Observatory Road
Green Bank, WV, 24944
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). Shuttle service is available to and from both airports.
Attendees will stay in the observatory dormitory. Meals will be provided on-site. The cost of lodging and meals is included in
Attendees traveling from abroad who will need a formal letter of invitation to obtain a visa should contact Ryan Lynch (email@example.com).
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 is available here.
Odds and Ends
Green Bank is located in the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 3,200 feet (975 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)