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(FULL) Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop - October 13-14, 2020


October 13-14, 2020 - Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop

This workshop is now full. You can still register for our February 2021 observer training workshop at the following link: https://greenbankobservatory.org/event-details/?ee=2586

This is a Virtual Event. No attendees will visit Green Bank in person for the workshop.

The Green Bank Telescope (GBT) Remote Observer Training Workshop will provide the essential skills and knowledge needed to use the GBT and maximize its scientific output. It is intended for experienced astronomers who need to learn the specifics of observing with the GBT. After completing the workshop, an attendee will be certified to use the GBT as a remote observer. The workshop will focus on hands-on training in the observing techniques most relevant to participants (e.g. high frequency map, continuum, pulsar, etc.).

These workshops are typically held in person three times a year, though the October workshop will be held entirely virtually.


The workshop will begin on the morning of Tuesday, 13 October and end on the evening of Wednesday, 14 October. An example schedule from a previous workshop can be seen at this link.

The workshop will be immediately followed by a remote Arecibo Training Workshop. You may register for the Arecibo workshop at this link.

This October workshop is meant to provide attendees with the tools to observe with the Green Bank Telescope. We will not include an in depth background on single dish radio astronomy. The next Single Dish Observing School will be held jointly by Arecibo and Green Bank in Summer 2021.

Travel, Lodging, and Meals

This is a virtual event and will be held entirely online. You may attend from the comfort of your own home.

Useful Information

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
Sensitivity Calculator
Mapping Planner
GBTIDL (Spectral line data reduction software)
GBT pipeline
PRESTO (pulsar data reduction software)
MUSTANG Data Reduction Guide

Odds and Ends

Questions should be directed to Dr. Will Armentrout (warmentrout@nrao.edu)


Registration Information

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.