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MUR help

Observations with the TJO are performed in robotic supervised mode (i.e., in a completely autonomous maner, with off-site human supervision). However, the process to submit a proposal at the TJO is similar to many other professional observatories around the world. The process is handled by the MUR (Management for Users in ROCS) web application. Users interested in submitting an observing request for the TJO instrumentation must login at the MUR application and follow the several phases described below.

MUR - Phase 0: Login phase

The first step to submit a proposal is to register as a MUR user. Any person wanting to observe with the TJO and belonging either to a professional or an amateur institution can register as a MUR user. Registration is performed by completing the Register form. The information introduced in the form is validated by the OAdM staff. In case that the information provided is correct, the access is granted to the new user with a maximum delay of one working day. The user can edit the information provided at any time after the login phase.

MUR - Phase 1: Proposal submission

Registered users can create new proposals at any time by completing the New Proposal form. Information on how to fill the New Proposal form can be found in the Phase 1 help page.

The information provided in the form is automatically validated and submitted to the Comité d'Assignació de Temps (CAT) for approval. Each proposal is evaluated by two CAT members. The CAT is currently formed by:
  • Eduard Masana. Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC). 
  • Glòria Sala. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Hans Deeg. Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). 
The decision of the CAT is announced to the user within one month of submision.

MUR - Phase 2: Observations design

Upon approval by the CAT, an accepted proposal will be active for one year. In order that observations are taken, observers should specify the detailed observation protocol for their approved proposals through the Phase 2 form. Information on how to fill the Phase 2 form can be found in the Phase 2 help page.

The information provided is automatically validated, eventually revised by the OAdM staff, and automatically introduced in the scheduler. Once submitted, non-executed sequences can be edited and modified at any time.

MUR - Phase 3: Data retrieval

Executed observations can be retrieved either from the OAdM web page or from the Spanish Virtual Observatory (SVO). The delivered data, having an exclusive access period of one year, include the raw images and reduced data. Reduced data contain absolute astrometry and differential photometry for each image. Additional information on the data delivered can be found at the Data retrieval help page.

After the exclusive period of one year, public access to the OAdM observations is provided.