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GBT Observer Training Workshop - January/February 2022


January/February 2022 - GBT Observer Training 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. We expect to have a priority application deadline of December 15, 2021, and we hope to send you confirmation of your attendance in the workshop by December 17th, 2021. If we have more applicants than spaces available, we will prioritize attendance by (1) applicants with GBT projects in the 22B semester beginning in February 2022, (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 three times a year. We are planning to have our next GBT training workshop in conjunction with the Single Dish Observing School + GBT Training Workshop in May 2022. We also expect to have another GBT Training Workshop in Green Bank in Fall 2022.


Dates for this workshop have not yet been finalized. An example schedule from a previous workshop can be seen at this link.

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 will be held jointly by Arecibo and Green Bank in May 2022.

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 15, 2021