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2022 NEON Observing School

Observatoire de Haute-Provence

2-14 October 2022

The 2022 NEON Observing school will take place in Southern France at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence October 2-14. 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


The application deadline for this school was Friday July 22 , and the applicants were notified about the selection on Friday August 19.

Preliminary Programme

Sunday October 2

Arrival at the observatory

Monday October 3

09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and practical information (Korhonen)
09:15 - 10:45 Lecture: Telescope optics (Steele)
10:45 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:45 Lecture: Observing techniques - photometry (Korhonen)
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 (Dennefeld)
16:00 - 18:30 Group work: planning observations
18:30 - Dinner
19:30 - 1st observing night

Wednesday October 5

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Group work: planning observations
16:00 - 17:30 Lecture: Astronomical detectors (Amico)
17:30 - 18:30 Group work: planning observations
18:30 - Dinner
19:30 - 2nd observing night

Thursday October 6

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:30 Group work: planning observations
15:30 - 17:00 Lecture: Introduction to Adaptive Optics (Amico)
17:00 - 18:30 Group work: planning observations
18:30 - Dinner
19:30 - 3rd observing night

Friday October 7

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 18:30 Group work: reducing and analysing data
18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
19:30 - 20:30 Talk: Dark and quiet sky protection (Józsa)

Saturday October 8

11:00 - 13:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 19:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
19:00 - Dinner

Sunday October 9

Free day

Monday October 10

09:00 - 13:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Lecture: Introduction to radio astronomy (McKean)
16:00 - 19:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
19:00 - Dinner

Tuesday October 11

09:00 - 11:30 Group work: reducing and analysing data
11:30 - 13:00 Discussion: Proposal writing (Korhonen)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 19:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
19:00 - Dinner

Wednesday October 12

09:00 - 11:30 Group work: reducing and analysing data
11:30 - 13:00 Discussion: Careers in science (Korhonen)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 19:00 Group work: reducing and analysing data
19:00 - Dinner

Thursday October 13

09:00 - 11:30 Group work: presentation preparation
11:30 - 13:00 Introduction to optical/infrared interferometry (Merand)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 19:00 Group work: presentation preparation
19:00 - Dinner

Friday October 14

09:00 - 09:30 Group presentation 1
09:30 - 10:00 Group presentation 2
10:00 - 10:30 Group presentation 3
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Group presentation 4
11:30 - 12:00 Group presentation 5
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:30 Leaving the observatory

Tutors

Charlotte Angus, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Topic: Supernovae
Camilla Juul Hansen, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, Topic: Stellar abundances
Jyri Lehtinen, University of Helsinki, Finland, Topic: Stellar activity
Tapio Pursimo, Nordic Optical Telescope, Spain, Topic: Extra-galactic astrophysics
Christina Thöne, Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic, Topic: Transient astrophysics

Lecturers

Paola Amico, European Southern Observatory, Germany
Michel Dennefeld, Institut Astrophysique de Paris, France
Gyula I. G. Józsa, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany
Heidi Korhonen, European Southern Observatory, Chile
John McKean, ASTRON and University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Antoine Mérand, European Southern Observatory, Germany
Iain Steele, Liverpool John Moores University, the UK

Contact: send a message to the main organiser.