by Mike Ireland
ESO is a large and complex organisation, which can be difficult to negotiate for a newcomer. It is relatively easy to find information about the available instrument suite, but can be more difficult to answer questions like: Which instruments are likely to be have the highest/lowest pressure factor (ESO’s word for oversubscription)? What new instruments are coming online, and on what timescale? How much time is taken up by guaranteed time observations (GTO) on my favourite instrument? Should I collaborate with a large program or GTO team? What new decisions are likely to be made that will affect my ability to use ESO? This post is intended to provide a summary of where to find answers to some of these questions.
Michael Murphy is the Australian representative on the ESO Science Technical Committee. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org