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Dear 30m User,

due to the demanding weather requirements of many bolometer and heterodyne projects, IRAM offers the Pooled Observing mode at the 30m Telescope, allowing to optimize observations in a flexible way. Pooled observations are offered since 2002 and have by now proven to be a very successful mode of observations.

We offer two distinct pools for observations at 1.2mm wavelength:

The pools also contain backup projects, usually at 3mm, to be observed when the weather conditions don't permit 1.2mm observations.

For each observing period the 30m scheduler, based on program committee recommendations, selects those proposals which profit most from participating in the pool or are otherwise well suited to be included. The principal investigators of the programs concerned are then contacted by the scheduler. We propose to pool the accepted projects together and schedule them in a few observing sessions of typically about 2 weeks length. Those projects will then be observed by observers from participating projects under the coordination and help of IRAM staff.

From our experience during the last few winters, we find that the chances of success of a program are higher if it is scheduled in a pool than in the traditional way of dedicated observing blocks. This is due to the flexibility of pooled observations with respect to demand on weather quality and equipment availability. It is therefore advantageous for any project to participate in these pooled observing sessions. Participation is of additional interest for B-rated proposals which may otherwise not be scheduled, and to all projects where the astronomers are not experienced enough to carry out the observations without external help. Pooled observations should be fairly simple and straightforward to observe, using the standard instrumentation. Polarisation measurements using XPOL, to give an example, are excluded from the pools for this reason.

If you have been granted observing time at the 30m Telescope and feel you need more information about the pooled sessions, please contact Clemens Thum (thum AT If you are interested to participate actively as an observer, i.e. actually go to the 30m to help observing, please communicate your interest. It is expected that all A-rated bolometer programs longer than 20 hours, excluding target-of-opportunity projects, send at least one experienced observer. Astronomers with little or no experience may participate and are welcome as additional observers. In any case, the typical stay at the telescope should be one week.

see you at the telescope....

Helmut, Albrecht, Clemens, Carsten

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