ASTRO-F Observation Planning Workshop: 2nd Announcement

ASTRO-F Observation Planning Workshop

for European Open Time users


ESAC, Villafranca, Madrid, Spain

Friday, 23 September 2005

This is the second announcement of a workshop to aid potential observers in
the preparation of observing proposals for pointed observations in
ASTRO-F's European Open Time programme.

The workshop, hosted by the ASTRO-F European Users Support Team, will be
held at ESAC, Villafranca, Spain, on the 23rd of September, shortly after
the release of the 'Call for Observing Proposals'.

Programme outline:

In the morning, presentations will be given of the mission and its
instruments, as well as an overview of the guaranteed time programmes.
A walk-through the proposal preparation tools with worked examples will
be given in the afternoon. Ample time will be reserved for questions
and answers.

The following ASTRO-F Project and instrument teams members
have confirmed their attendance:

     o Prof. Takashi Onaka (University of Tokyo)
           Infrared Camera (IRC) team and programming committee
     o Dr. Hidehiro Kaneda (ISAS)
           Far Infrared Surveyor (FIS) team
     o Dr. Issei Yamamura (ISAS)
           Data handling team and ISAS user support team
     o Dr. Chris Pearson (ESA)
           ESA support at ISAS


There is no registration fee for this workshop.

A block reservation has been made for the following hotel, located in San
Lorenzo de el Escorial:

   Hotel Tres Arcos *
   calle Juan de Toledo, 42
   Tel: +34 91 890.68.97
   Fax: +34 91 890.79.97
 (Price: 45.50 incl. breakfast and IVA)

Please fill in the Registration/accomodation form attached below
and e-mail it to             before  7 September 2005

Collective transportation to/from ESAC may be arranged depending
on the answers received.


ASTRO-F is a Japanese infrared all-sky survey mission, scheduled for
launch in January-February 2006 and with a foreseen operational lifetime
of about 1.5 years. In addition to the sky survey, part of the mission
will be dedicated to pointed observations of specific astronomical targets.
ASTRO-F has the capability for imaging and spectroscopy in 13 infrared
bands from 2 to 180 microns. Resulting from ESA's participation in the
mission, individuals and teams from institutes in ESA Member States may
submit observing proposals for pointed observations in ASTRO-F's European
Open Time programme.

The 'Call for Observing Proposals' is planned to be issued on 15 September
2005, with proposals being due two months thereafter. Proposals will be
peer-reviewed by a European Time Allocation Committee, and then merged with
those resulting from the parallel Japanese Call.

Further details on the ASTRO-F mission and the observing opportunities
offered to European astronomers can be found at the ESA site:


Further information on the workshop logistics can be found on the
dedicated web page:



Workshop timeline:

1st Announcement  27 July
2nd Announcement  31 August
3rd Announcement  16 September
Workshop          23 September

                    ASTRO-F Observation Planning Workshop
                         for European Open Time users

                       Registration/Accomodation form





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