Ten year review of queue scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly telescope

Matthew Shetrone, Mark E. Cornell, James R. Fowler, Niall Gaffney, Benjamin Laws, Jeff Mader, Cloud Mason, Stephen Odewahn, Brian Roman, Sergey Rostopchin, Donald P. Schneider, James Umbarger, Amy Westfall

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This paper presents a summary of the first 10 years of operating the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) in queue mode. The scheduling can be quite complex but has worked effectively for obtaining the most science possible with this uniquely designed telescope. The queue must handle dozens of separate scientific programs, the involvement of a number of institutions with individual Telescope Allocation Committees, as well as engineering and instrument commissioning. We have continuously revised our queue operations as we have learned from experience. The flexibility of the queue and the simultaneous availability of three instruments, along with a staff trained for all aspects of telescope and instrumentation operation, have allowed optimum use to be made of variable weather conditions and have proven to be especially effective at accommodating targets of opportunity and engineering tasks. In this paper, we review the methodology of the HET queue, along with its strengths and weaknesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-566
Number of pages11
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number855
StatePublished - May 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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