February 8-10, 2021 - Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop
This is a Virtual Event. No attendees will visit Green Bank in person for the workshop.
The priority registration deadline has now passed (1/13/21). Any further applicants will be added to the waitlist and contacted about attending a future workshop.
This workshop is open to GBT Observers and the scientific community. By filling out this registration form, you are applying to participate in the February 2021 Remote GBT Training Workshop. In order to give every participant adequate experience controlling the GBT as part of their training, we have a limited number of spaces available. Priority application deadline is Wednesday, January 13th, and we hope to send you confirmation of your attendance in the workshop by January 18th, 2021. If we have more applicants than spaces available, we will prioritize attendance by (1) applicants with GBT projects in the 21B semester beginning in February 2021, (2) applicants with GBT proposals under review, (3) applicants looking to gain understanding of the GBT before submitting a proposal in a future call, (4) all other applicants.
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 February workshop will be held entirely virtually. We are planning to have our next GBT training workshop in conjunction with the Single Dish Observing Workshop in May 2021 in Arecibo. We also expect to have a GBT training session in Green Bank in September 2021.
The workshop will tentatively begin on the morning of Tuesday, 9 February, 2021 and end on the evening of Wednesday, 10 February. An example schedule from a previous workshop can be seen at this link.
This February 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 May 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.
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
Questions should be directed to Dr. Will Armentrout (firstname.lastname@example.org)