2019 NEON Observing School

The 2019 NEON Observing school will take place in Rozhen Observatory in Bulgaria from September 15 to September 29, 2019. During the school we will use the 2-m, 60-cm, and the 50/70-cm telescopes. The school will be combined with a 'Hot Topics' conference during the second week.

Rozhen Observatory During this two week school you will plan observation, observe with professional telescopes, and reduce and analyse data. All this will be done with a help of an experienced tutor. The school also includes lectures on topics related to telescopes and observing techniques.

The first week of the school takes place in Rozhen Observatory, and the second week in Sofia. During the first week you will plan and carry out the observations, and during the second week reduce and analyse the data. The second week of the NEON school we will be joined by additional students that come for the Hot Topics conference. During this event the NEON school students can also enjoy lectures on current Hot Topics in astrophysics and also on how to write observing time proposals and scientific papers.

The school is primarily meant for PhD students in Astronomy, who do not have prior experience in observing with professional 1-2 metre class telescopes. MSc students in the late stages of their thesis work, and young PostDocs who do not have observing experience, can also be considered.

If you are interested in hands-on observing experience, and learning all the steps from planning the  observations to reducing the data, this school is perfect for you. The application deadline was on May 10, 2019, and the applicants will be notified about the selection in early June.