Observing with ATNF Telescopes

Astronomers from Australia and overseas are invited to apply for observing time on Australia Telescope National Facility telescopes. Observing time is awarded by a Time Assignment Committee on the basis of the merits of the proposed research. Please note that the ATNF does not employ telescope operators and observers are required to carry out their approved observations.

OPAL: All telescope applications to the ATNF must be prepared and submitted using OPAL . OPAL is a web-based application system for all ATNF telescope facilities.

ATOA: The Australia Telescope Online Archive (ATOA) provides access to the Australia Telescope Compact Array and Mopra archive data files.

Observers are requested to acknowledge the ATNF in any publications resulting from use of the ATNF facilities, or data archives. See Publications and Acknowledgments

For further information see the current status of the ATNF telescopes and see also the revised (May 2021) ATNF Support Model.

Information about the ATCA Legacy Projects is also available.


Application deadlines and observing terms

Observing Semester Closing Date
for Applications
Semester Duration
Time Assignment
OCT (OCTS) around Jun 15 Oct 01 - Mar 31 July
APRIL (APRS) around Dec 15 Apr 01 - Sep 30 Feb

Telescope applications may be submitted for the following facilities: