The challenges of new observing/operating modes at ground based optical observatories

Christian Veillet (CFHT)


Over the past years, many ground-based optical observatories have moved away from the traditional ′observing visitor mode′, where the astronomer comes to the telescopes to carry the observations for which a given number of nights have been allocated. Remote observing, queued observations, service observing, remote or automated operations… these new observational modes are mainly implemented to minimize the operating costs, or increase the efficiency of the observations, or better serve the users, leading ultimately to better data and hopefully better science. We will review these modes and the challenges of their implementation for the facilities as well as the users, stressing the need for the required appropriate software tools to keep the users satisfied while optimizing the use of the telescopes and their instrumentation.

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Paper ID: I13

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