New on the wiki: How to Observe

by Chris Crockett on April 5, 2013

Do you have your first observing run coming up and wondering about what to expect? What should you bring? How should you prepare? What happens if a pack of wild javelina surrounds the telescope (a true story from your Content Manager…)?

Amanda Kepley–an NRAO postdoctoral fellow in Green Bank, WV–has written up a fantastic wiki post addressing these questions—minus the javelina—and more. If you are new to observing, or are just interested in another observer’s perspective, please give it a read.

As always with the wiki, feel free to add your own thoughts, tricks, and insights.

For the experienced observers: what do you wish you knew before your first observing run?

For those who have yet to observe: what worries, concerns, or points of confusion would you like addressed before you sit down at the telescope? Let’s hear it in the comments.

How to Observe Wiki

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1 C.L. April 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I wish I knew I had to stock up on confectionery and moisturiser. I found out I needed a big sugar boost by the end of the night and it is so dry in the desert that no matter how much water I drunk that night my hands were so dry I had trouble typing.


2 Eva April 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Yes, I would add lip balm specifically, observatories are very dry. Also, upbeat music is a huge help for that second half for the night.


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