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1. THE PROPOSAL*Award of observing time on major astronomical facilities is a competitive process, in which proposals for observing projects are reviewed and ranked by a Time Allocation Committee (TAC). For almost all public, national facilities, competition is tough.
2. OBSERVING RUN PREPARATIONInstrument documentation Exposure estimation Target selection: coordinates & key properties Calibration planning, select calibrators Finding charts Instrument configuration files Observing strategy & sequences
3. MAKING OBSERVATIONSPrime & secondary targets Calibration On-line assessment Assessment of sky & other interfering conditions Documentation of observations
4. DATA REDUCTIONRemoval of instrumental signatures Correction for Earth's atmosphere, IS dust Calibration Conversion to fluxes, colors, positions, spectra, line strengths, etc.
5. DATA ANALYSIS & INTERPRETATION*Extract scientifically meaningful information from reduced data Answer the questions you posed Place in larger context Be alert: anything new, unexpected?
7. PUBLIC RELATIONS
*Most challenging phases
EM bands & phenomena
Nature of astrophysical sources
ROMPS & SWAGS
Available telescopes & instruments
Exposure Time Calculators (ETCs)
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