The Staff

The group is formed by Support Astronomer (Grupo de Astronomos de Soporte, GAS), Telescope Observers (TO) and telescope operators (Técnico de Operación Telescopica, TOT), under the supervision of the head of the Telescopic Operations Group, Ález Oscoz Abad.

 

 
aoscoz
Álex Oscoz Abad
Head of the Telescope Operations
aoscoz at iac dot es

 

Support Astronomers (GAS)

pblay
Pere Blay
pblay at iac dot es
jfont
Joan Font
jfont at iac dot es
monelli
Matteo Monelli
monelli at iac dot es
ozamora
Olga Zamora
ozamora at iac dot es

 

Telescope Observers

slopez
Santiago López
slopez at iac dot es
pblay
Antonio Pimienta
pimienta at iac dot es

 

Técnicos en Operaciones Telescópicas (TOTs)

abueno
Alberto Bueno
abueno at iac dot es
ajp
Alberto Jesús Prieto
ajp at iac dot es
jredondo
Javier Redondo
jredondo at iac dot es

 

grcoira
Gustavo Rodríguez-Coira
grcoira at iac dot es
jjsana
Juan José Sanabria
jjsana at iac dot es

 

The SA are in charge of:

  • ensuring the regular observations at the facilities for which the IAC is responsible;
  • supervising the work of the TOTs;
  • giving support to the observer, either presentially or remotely;
  • introducing the installations to the groups of students from visiting universities;
  • maintain the documentation and manuals of the instruments and telescopes;
  • software and pipeline development;
  • maintainence of web-pages;
  • execute the service observations allocated to the spanish night CAT (INT, NOT, TNG);
  • support the remote observations to which the IAC community has access (SARA telescopes, etc);

The TOTs have a fundamental rôle in the life at the OT observatory. In fact, they

  • are the reference person at the observatory during the night;
  • are in charge of both nigth and solar telescopes;
  • are responsible of verifying the real-time status of many instruments (IAC80, TCS, SL, Quijote, …), and act to solve any sort of problems that may arise;
  • are responsible to monitor the weather conditions, and decide whenever the observations have to be stopped;
  • supervise the observer during their observations;
  • execute part of the observations for many ongoing projects;
  • help the MONS users.