ATNF Scientific Support for Observers

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We offer a range of support to all ATNF observers and enhanced support for visiting ATNF observers:

  • ATNF support staff
  • ATCA duty astronomers
  • ATCA friends (visiting observers)
  • Parkes observing support
  • ATNF staff collaborators


Since 1 Oct 2014, by default all observations are carried from the Science Operations Centre (SOC) at the ATNF Headquarters in Marsfield, Sydney, unless experienced observers have requested and received permission to observe remotely (eg, from their home institute) in a timely manner.

ATNF support staff

Assistance from local ATNF staff is provided upon arrival at the ATNF Headquarters in Marsfield, Sydney. Local staff will familiarise new observers with the telescope and the observing software, as well as assisting with setting up the telescope and with any technical difficulties that arise during the observations. For some technically challenging proposals, local staff may be involved with preparations prior to arrival at the telescope. In addition, visiting ATCA observers will receive extensive help from their allocated ATCA friends, incl. assistance with data reduction.

ATCA duty astronomers

Since 1 Oct 2014 the ATCA Duty Astronomer (DA) is based at the SOC. DAs will help in the setup of ATCA observations and with any problems arising during the observations. The DA is not required to help with the ATCA observations. - Visiting ATCA observers receive extensive help from their allocated ATCA friend.

ATCA friends

All observing projects scheduled on the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) have been allocated an ATCA friend (listed here, who will provide extensive help to all visiting observers. The ATCA friend is usually a member of the Astrophysics Group. For proposals with ATNF co-authors, these are also the ATCA friends.

ATCA friends will help visiting observers - not remote observers - during the period of their stay at the ATNF Headquarters. In particular, they will

  • help with the preparation/checking of schedule files,
  • provide assistance with the data reduction (calibration, imaging, etc.), and
  • introduce visitors to the site, events and people.

Parkes observing support

First time observers are required to come to the SOC, where they will receive extensive training and assistance with schedule preparation and data reduction.

ATNF staff collaborators

The best outcome for proposers/observers who require an extensive amount of help is often achieved by asking an ATNF staff member to join the collaboration; please refer to the list of staff expertise below. If unsure, who to contact, please email the ATCA friends coordinator: Baerbel.Koribalski [at] .

ATNF Staff Expertise

Listed below are some common techniques, eg. mm- and cm-wave spectral line imaging, employed with the ATNF facilities. An up-to-date list of Astrophysics Group members and their areas of expertise is available, including their contact details. Observers are welcome to email Astrophysics staff for collaborations.


Millimetre Spectral Line: Jill Rathborne
Shari Breen
Mark Wieringa
Maxim Voronkov
Millimetre Continuum: Jill Rathborne
Yanett Contreras
Maxim Voronkov
Centimetre Spectral Line: Baerbel Koribalski
Paolo Serra
Peter Kamphuis
Megan Johnson
Jing Wang
James Allison
Joanne Dawson
Centimetre Continuum: Josh Marvil
Ian Heywood
Amy Kimball
Keith Bannister
Antonia Rowlinson
Paolo Serra
Ray Norris
James Allison
Martin Bell
Pulsar Binning: George Hobbs
Simon Johnston
Ryan Shannon
Matthew Kerr
Keith Bannister
Polarization Imaging: Martin Bell
Josh Marvil
Antonia Rowlinsen
Ron Ekers
High Dynamic Range and Widefield Imaging: Ian Heywood
Paolo Serra
Martin Bell
Spectral Line: Joanne Dawson
Megan Johnson
Shari Breen
Baerbel Koribalski
Helga Denes
Polarization and Continuum Imaging: David McConnell
Megan Johnson
Pulsars: George Hobbs
Simon Johnston
Ryan Shannon
Matthew Kerr
John Sarkissian
  Jill Rathborne
  Chris Phillips
Tasso Tzioumis
Lisa Harvey-Smith



B. Koribalski (up-dated 2 March 2015)