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Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop - February 8-10, 2023


February 8-10, 2023 - Virtual GBT Observer Training Workshop

This is a Virtual Event. No attendees will visit Green Bank in person for the workshop. Registration will be open until January 18, 2023 (after AAS). We will inform accepted participants by Friday, January 20.

This remote workshop is open to GBT Observers and the professional scientific community. We are unfortunately unable to accommodate amateur astronomers in this training.

By filling out this registration form, you are applying to participate in the February 2023 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 18th, and we hope to send you confirmation of your attendance in the workshop by January 20, 2023. If we have more applicants than spaces available, we will prioritize attendance by (1) applicants with GBT projects in the 23A semester beginning in February 2023, (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 in-person GBT training workshop following our Single Dish Summer School in August 2023.


The workshop will begin on the morning of Wednesday, February 8 and end on the afternoon of Friday, February 10. 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 beyond this workshop will be held in Green Bank in August 2023.

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 both Will Armentrout (ude.o1702083075arn@t1702083075uortn1702083075emraw1702083075) and Brenne Gregory (ude.o1702083075arn@y1702083075roger1702083075gb1702083075).


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.

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