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LBA Observing Session, March 2020

Telescope setup and monitoring guides

General information

Online pages to monitor

Bitmasks and recording modes of experiments


  • Familiarise yourself with how things work before your shift.
  • Arrive a bit before your shift to ensure a smooth handover.
  • Identify yourself at the start of your shift in the chat. When away for an extended time, please let people know. Mattermost can be installed on your phone to get notifications.
  • Keep the LBA people updated in the chat during experiment changes and if problems occur.
  • After finishing a shift, please update the person following you and fill out the handover notes.


  1. Check setup guides’ troubleshooting section and handover notes.
  2. Try asking for help in the LBA chat and AuScope chat.
  3. Try contacting Lucas or Gabor. Phone numbers are on the whiteboard in the AuScope room.


  • Fringe check session: Make sure .prc and .snp files are available and correct before session starts. Pay attention to chat and RtFC results and troubleshoot as necessary. Main experiments after fringe check sessions always use the same frequency setup, so if something worked during the fringe check, be sure that you have it the same way for the following experiment. Fill out handover notes.
  • Receiver changes: Don’t forget that Ceduna needs to be changed manually, so make sure to keep in touch with Bev (phone number on whiteboard).
  • Experiment start: Make sure .prc and .snp files are available and correct before experiment starts. Experiments usually have a short fringe check session at the start. Pay attention to chat and fringe check results and troubleshoot as necessary. Once there are fringes, don’t change the setup. Fill out handover notes.
  • Experiment middle: Monitor the antennas and note down anything unusual in the handover notes.
  • Experiment end: Stow antennas if necessary and fill out handover notes.

UTAS telescopes

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ATNF telescopes

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