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2022 NEON Observing School

Observatoire de Haute-Provence

2-15 October 2022

The 2022 NEON Observing school will take place in Southern France at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence October 2-15. During the school we will use the 1.93 metre, 1.52 metre, 1.20 metre and 80cm telescopes.

During this two week school you will plan observation, observe with professional 1-2 metre telescopes, and reduce and analyse data. All this will be done with a help of an experienced tutor. The school also includes lectures on topics related to telescopes and observing techniques.

The school is primarily meant for PhD students in Astronomy, who do not have prior experience in observing with professional 1-2 metre class telescopes. MSc students in the late stages of their thesis work, and young PostDocs who do not have observing experience, can also be considered.

If you are interested in hands-on observing experience, and learning all the steps from planning the observations to reducing the data, this school is perfect for you.

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How to Apply


You can find the application form for this schools from HERE.

Note that we usually have many people applying to the NEON Observing Schools. Therefore, it is important that you motivate your application well and also have a recommendation letter sent to the organisers by the application deadline.

The application deadline for this school is Friday July 22 , and the applicants will be notified about the selection by Friday August 12.

Preliminary Programme

Sunday October 2

Arrival at the observatory

Monday October 3

09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and practical information
09:15 - 10:45 Lecture: Telescope optics
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Lecture: Observing techniques - photometry
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Site visit
16:00 - 17:00 Introduction of the students, teachers, and projects
17:00 - 19:00 First group meeting
19:00 -> Dinner

Tuesday October 4

11:00 - 13:00 Group work: planning observations
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Lecture: Observing techniques - spectroscopy
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Group work: planning observations
18:00 -> Dinner
19:00 -> 1st observing night

Wednesday October 5

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Lecture: Astronomical detectors
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Group work: planning observations
18:00 -> Dinner
19:00 -> 2nd observing night

Thursday October 6

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Lecture: Introduction to Adaptive Optics
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Group work: planning observations
18:00 -> Dinner
19:00 -> 3rd observing night

Friday October 7

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Discussion: Writing observing time proposals
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
18:00 -> Dinner

Saturday October 8

11:00 - 13:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 18:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
18:00 -> Dinner

Sunday October 9

Free day

Monday October 10

11:00 - 13:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Lecture: Introduction to optical/infrared interferometry
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
18:00 -> Dinner

Tuesday October 11

11:00 - 13:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Lecture: Introduction to radio astronomy
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
18:00 -> Dinner

Wednesday October 12

11:00 - 13:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Discussion: Careers in science
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
18:00 -> Dinner

Thursday October 13

11:00 - 13:00 Group work: presentation preparation
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Group work: presentation preparation
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Group work: presentation preparation
18:00 -> Dinner

Friday October 14

Student group presentations

Saturday October 15

Departure from the observatory

Contact: send a message to the main organiser.