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Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop - May 24, 26, 28, 2021


May 24, 26, and 28 2021 - Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop

Priority Application Deadline: April 23, 2021. Applications after this date will be added to a waitlist.

This workshop is open to GBT Observers and the scientific community. By filling out this registration form, you are applying to participate in the May 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 Friday, April 23rd, and we hope to send you confirmation of your attendance in the workshop by April 28th, 2021. If we have more applicants than spaces available, we will prioritize attendance by (1) applicants with current GBT projects, (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.).


This workshop will run all day on Monday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 26. We will have a morning session on Friday, May 28th. A draft schedule can be found at this link, with overnight observations running on Monday and Wednesday.

This 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 beyond this workshop will be held in Green Bank in September 2021.

Travel, Lodging, and Meals

This workshop will be held virtually. All participants are invited to attend from the comfort of their home or office.

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

Priority Application Deadline: April 23, 2021. Applications after this date will be added to our waitlist.

Price: $0.00

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Start Date: 2021-05-24
End Date: 2021-05-26

Green Bank Observatory
155 Observatory Road
Box 2
Green Bank, West Virginia
United States
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