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(Tentative) Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop - February 9-10, 2021


February 9-10, 2021 - Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop

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

Registration for this event is not yet open. We expect to open Registration on October 1st, 2020.

This workshop is open to GBT Observers and the scientific community. As there are a limited number of spaces available, attendees should be on a current telescope proposal or planning to observe with the Green Bank Telescope within the next year. We are tentatively 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 August 2021.

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.


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.

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 this event is not yet open for registration.

You will be able to register starting October 01, 2020