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The DSpace ‘Go Observing’ User Interface

Go Observing
With Go Observing button from the main menu of the User Interface you can make a web-based astronomical observation.

There are two ways of observing the sky. Advanced and experienced users can remotely operate a telescope in real time. All the others can submit their requests, which will be scheduled for the oncoming nights.

 

For section “Remotely operate a telescope in real time” you will be provided help in case you will be authorized. The following help is for section ‘”Remotely operate a telescope in real time”.

With Go Observing button from the main menu of the User Interface you can make a web-based astronomical observation. The first screen reminds you the 4 steps. Click on START to begin.


Step 1: Choose a telescope
In order for you to be able to make the observation(s) you need, the DSpace service is currently offering the access to three Telescopes, for the astronomical observation, from which you need to choose. The first is the Liverpool Telescope in La Palma, the second is the Skinakas Telescope in Crete, and the third is the Sea of Gelilee Observation (SGAO) and the third is EA Telescope in Athens. In order to make that choice you can enter the respective links for each telescope and read about the characteristics and specifications of each one.

 

Next button: This button leads to the next step.


Step 2: Select an object
In this section of the Interface you can observe a simulated view of the sky in real time, choose your object of interest and find out the celestial coordinates of that astronomical object and other related information.
Click on Exit to close this window.



Select the astronomical object you would like to observe, from the object list by clicking the [+]. In the pop-up window you can choose a category and then an object.

Next button: This button leads to the next step.


Step 3: Check the weather
In this section you can check the actual (at present) and foreseen (in the near future) weather conditions in the area of the telescope (i.e. Crete Island, Greece when Skinakas Telescope has been selected).
Weather links choice: This web link leads to additional Web pages about weather forecasts and satellite images.

Next button: This button leads to the next step.

Step 4: Fill in and submit the Form
Title field: Write here a title for your observation. It is advised to be as descriptive as it get.

Object name field:
In this field, the name of the selected object appears.

Public drop down menu:
From this menu you can select whether your observation will be in public view or not.

Date field:
On mouse click on the icon you can enter the Date of the requested astronomical observation.

Start Time field:
In this field you need to enter the exact local time (referring to the place where the telescope is situated) of the requested astronomical observation.

Repeat count field:
From this drop down menu you can select the number of sequential observations with the same general settings as the requested observation to be executed immediately after the end of previous one.

Delay field: From this drop down menu you can select the time interval between sequential observations with the same general settings as the requested observation. This field determines the delay from the end of a previous observation to the beginning (start time) of the next.

Filters and Duration:
Here you can select the checkbox and set the exposure time for each filter in seconds.

 

Submission button
With the Submission button the complete form with all the necessary information about the requested observation is submitted to the telescope selected at the beginning of this procedure.

Attention: if you have not already login, the system will prompt you the login screen. Only registered users are allowed to make a submission. If you have entered an e-mail at the subscription you will soon receive an e-mail verifying for you that you have requested the given observation and providing you with a code for that action.