Important Links for Period 96

Information on Instruments & Facilities

La Silla Paranal Observatory
Homepage for the La Silla and Paranal Observatory facilities
Instrumentation and Facilities in Period 96
Links to technical information for Period 96
Instruments available in Period 96
Instruments and facilities in Period 96
Foreseen changes for Period 96
Period 96 technical news items
The APEX telescope APEX Homepage
Observing with APEX
Applying for time on APEX facilities
Exposure time calculators (ETCs)
ETCs for Paranal and La Silla instrumentation

Proposal Preparation

Observing conditions Observing constraint definitions for Phase 1 and 2 - New in P96
Overheads table for Paranal instrumentation
Guidelines for calculating overheads
Telescope demand and pressure Telescope demand & large programme commitment
Guaranteed Time Observations GTO targets protected against duplication
Public Survey Targets page Public survey fields protected against duplication
OPC Categories and sub-categories OPC scientific category definitions
Proposal preparation tools and services Ephemerides to determine when objects are best observed, links to weather pages and useful data catalogues and archives
The ESOFORM package Information on the ESOFORM proposal package
Late Breaking News Information as it becomes available after the release of the Call for Proposals

Useful information

Paranal Site Details Paranal Site, climate and seismical information
VLT UT Performance VLT Unit telescope performance, guiding and tracking
Visibility on the VLT Sky accessibility and vignetting by neighbouring telescopes on the VLT
Data Products                              
Data Products and Phase 3
Calibration Plans and Pipelines                                        
Calibration plans and Pipelines for VLT/I instrumentation
VLTI Configurations Overview New Baselines in P96

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