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Last Update: 1st August 2021

After Acceptance of Your Proposal until Observations

This page will show a flow of the preparation for your observations after the acceptance of your proposal.
  1. Get an Observation ID (with Initial Password)

    The account information will be sent to the PI by e-mail from the observatory at least two weeks before observations. Due to security reasons, access to some servers in the observatory which are needed for observations is limited from outside of the observatory. In order to access these servers, you have to use a VPN connection. The VPN account and initial password are the same as the Observation ID.

    Before you connect to the network of NAOJ, you MUST scan your computer with anti-virus software. Then, you can access the VPN following the procedure that we inform you. For preparing your observations, getting information from the observatory, or reducing your data, you need to choose the user name "NRO_User". For conducting remote observations, you should select the user name "NRO_RemoteObs". Since important information that requires high security (e.g., server information) is provided at NRO Computer and Network Systems web page, please visit the site after connection to the VPN.

    The expiration date of the VPN account is set by the end of June after the observing season. If you feel to extend the expiration date, please follow the procedure informed by the observatory. In case of the need of VPN account after the expiration date, please apply the NRO VPN account application.

  2. Before Remote Observation

    The observatory will also send you an observation schedule. The primary observing mode is a remote operation. Observers are expected to be carried out through remote observations from NAOJ Mitaka, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) in Taiwan and Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) in Korea, and universities/institutes in Japan. Please indicate observing sites in the submission form.

    Remote Observation from NAOJ Mitaka Campus

    Please do not come to NAOJ Mitaka campus if you have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

    Remote observation from NAOJ Mitaka Campus is open for users of the Nobeyama 45-m telescope. Computers are prepared for the 45-m remote observations at ALMA building, NAOJ Mitaka. You are welcome to visit NAOJ Mitaka Campus and use them for your observations. Note that no travel support is offered.

    Observation Plan

    When you plan to visit NAOJ Mitaka Campus, please send an e-mail to nro-syomu<at>nao.ac.jp (please replace <at> with @) at least two weeks before your observation. The template of the e-mail is as follows:

    1. Institution:
    2. Present position:
    3. Name (First Last):
    4. Present address:
    5. Phone number:
    6. Need a reservation of lodging (COSMOS Lodge in Mitaka Campus)?:
    7. Need a security card (if you do not stay at the COSMOS Lodge)?
    8. Arrival date (YYYY/MM/DD):
    9. Departure date (YYYY/MM/DD):
    10. Comments:

    (example)
    1. Institution:
      National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    2. Present position:
      Professor
    3. Name (First Last):
      John Nobeyama
    4. Present address:
      2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588, Japan
    5. Phone number:
      +81-422-34-XXXX
    6. Need a reservation of lodging (COSMOS Lodge in Mitaka Campus)?:
      I need a reservation of lodging
    7. Need a security card (if you do not stay at the COSMOS Lodge)?:
      No need
    8. Arrival date (YYYY/MM/DD):
      2019/12/01
    9. Departure date (YYYY/MM/DD):
      2019/12/10
    10. Comments:
      I will visit NAOJ after working time.

    Accommodation:
    Please indicate "Reservation of lodging (the COSMOS Lodge)" in the e-mail if you need to reserve a room at the COSMOS Lodge ([N1 in Fig. 1]). If you book a room at the COSMOS Lodge, please check-in/out at the COSMOS Lodge counter of Soumu-ka (General Affairs Division) in the Main Building (C3 in Fig. 1). In case of arrival time at NAOJ outside the working time, please inform via the Helpdesk previously. You can get the room key and the security card at the Guard House (C1 in Fig. 1) on your arrival.

    Security Card:
    If you visit NAOJ but do not stay at the COSMOS Lodge, please indicate "need" in the 7th item in the e-mail to receive a security card. A security card can be received/returned at Soumu-kakari of Shisetsu-ka (General Affairs Section of Facilities Division) in 1F Main building (South) (C4 in Fig. 1).

    Access to the Remote Operation Room in Mitaka Campus

    A way to NAOJ Mitaka Campus is illustrated in Access page. Remote observation is performed from 101 ALMA open-use room at ALMA Building (W2 in Fig. 1).

    NOTE: You need to press the combination of digits to enter the 101 ALMA open-use room. Please contact the Helpdesk for further information.

    Fig. 1: NAOJ Mitaka Campus Map
    [Fig. 1: NAOJ Mitaka Campus Map]

    A Manual for Remote Observation from NAOJ Mitaka Campus
    Remote observations from Mitaka (can only be accessed via NRO VPN or inside NAOJ campus)

    Remote Observation from Your Home Institute in Japan, ASIAA in Taiwan, or KASI in Korea

    From the 2016-2017 observing season, NRO offers a remote observation from your home institute with a shared-risk mode. NRO also allows users to perform remote observation from Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) in Taiwan and Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) in Korea. When your proposal is approved, please contact the Helpdesk. NRO may not meet all the demands of remote observations from home institute given limited test time. Limitations of the remote observation are as follows:

    *: The remote operation sites established in Japan are Hokkaido University, University of Tsukuba, The University of Tokyo (Institute of Astronomy), Riken, Keio University, Nagoya University, Joetsu University of Education, Kyoto University, Osaka Prefecture University, Kyushu University, Kagoshima University, NAOJ VERA Iriki station, and NAOJ VERA Mizusawa station.

    A Manual for Remote Observation from Your Home Institute in Japan, ASIAA in Taiwan, or KASI in Korea
    Remote Observations Manual for Users (From Institute) (can only be accessed via NRO VPN or inside NAOJ campus)

  3. Make Observing Scripts

    The observatory strongly recommends you to make observing scripts before your observation. The procedure is explained on the nobs page. If you face any difficulty in making observing scripts, please contact us via Helpdesk.