Instructions for Visiting Astronomers

The offered instrument modes and configuration are the same in service and visitor mode. In both cases, it is recommended to:

  • read the User Manual
  • check the instrument news
  • define the observing strategy
  • use p2 and prepare the observing blocks (OBs)
  • use the XSHOOTER ETC
  • In addition, the visitor is advised to prepare backup targets for strong wind (pointing restriction of the telescope) or bad seeing.
    Backup targets, as well as additional/change of targets, or change of instrument setup should be requested following these instructions.

    More general information about VM runs can be found here.

    Instrument-related questions before the VM run should be addressed to xshooter@eso.org. Any VM run normally includes two additional days at the observatory during which the observing strategy can be discussed and finalized with the support astronomers.