Observing with ASTE

When your proposal is approved

1. Check your observing schedule on (ASTEShedule2017_June_September) .

2. Observers using the East Asian ASTE time have two options for observation execution.

    (1) Remote observation from your home institute

    This is a mode in which the observer will execute their observation at their home institute via the observing screen connected through VNC. The telescope operator (or support scientist) in Mitaka, who will be monitoring the progress of the observation, will be able to assist you when problems occur.  The observer will be in direct contact with the telescope operator/support scientist via skype. Observers are welcome to come to NAOJ for their observations, and execute or monitor their observations if they wish.  

    (2) Full service observation by NAOJ (this mode may not be available for 2018)

    This is a mode in which the observation is fully executed by the telescope operator in Mitaka.  You will be monitoring the status of the observation via a screen shared through VNC at your home institute, and make any suggestions or requests to the telescope operator should any problems or irregularities are spotted.  In both cases, checking the data quality is the responsibility of the observer.

    All observers will be assigned a dedicated Support Astronomer for a given day, who will assist you from observation preparation to execution.  

    The observers are required to respond to us by indicating their preference for observation execution.  

    (1) Remote observation from your home institute

    (2) Full service observation by NAOJ

    Please e-mail: aste-admin@alma.mtk.nao.ac.jp

    and tell us the observing mode (1, 2) you would like to use at least *2 weeks* before the first day of your observation.  If you would like to visit NAOJ during your observations, please also indicate this in your email.

    In addition, the observer is requested to prepare their observing scripts in collaboration with the Support Astronomer at least a few days prior to their observations.  In advance to observations, PI is given an observation account per observing program by NAOJ Chile Observatory. 

(optional) Apply data reduction account of NAOJ Astronomy Data Center (ADC) (Japanese | English).

    1. You can use NAOJ work stations with the ADC account.
    2. If you want to access from the outside NAOJ, you need to use "ADC analysis system VPN service". You have to apply the service after your data reduction account is granted (Japanese | English). 

*Observation Support*
ASTE Observation Support Scientist can support your observations between JST08:30 and JST17:30 on workdays. Its staff schedule is available on the Observation Support page. If you need some support about your observations, please make sure to contact us in advance through ASTE Helpdesk.

Preparing for Observations

Observation account

Observation account is required for preparing observation tables, running observations, and quicklook data.
When the account is given, the observer can use five projects (proj0, proj1, ..., proj4) in the account for switching/selecting observation tables and data according to the types of observations.

Planing for your observations

Access to ASTE Operation Room at Mitaka Campus

  • C5 Main Building (East) is locked in the early morning and on holidays. In that case, please ask a guard at the guard house to open the door.
  • ASTE operation room (C5 #110) is usually locked. If you do not know the key number, please ask EA-ARC staffs. 
  • During your stay in Mitaka campus, please use ASTE operation room or ALMA open-use room on the 1st floor of W2 ALMA Building (weekdays only).


After Observations

Data Delivery

  • The full-size science data will be provided to the PIs via a NAOJ FTP server within 1.5 months after their final observations. 
    • During observation, please do not transfer your data by yourself thourgh network, because the network load makes the system unstable.