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ING Newsletter No. 10, December 2005
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ING User Questionnaire — Summary of the Results

René G. M. Rutten* (ING)

Earlier this year a questionnaire was issued to our community of telescope users with a number of questions regarding the current and future use of the telescopes. Many responses were received and these are of great value to the observatory and have served as input to the International Review of the ING that was held in July of this year. The tables and diagrams below capture some of the information received in statistical form and give a flavour of what has been the outcome of the questionnaire.

To pick just a few highlights: ING’s user community expresses a strong interest in spectroscopic tools, not only on the WHT, but also on the INT. There is a growing interest in Adaptive Optics observations. Current work-horse instruments will remain important for a number of years to come. With regards to the scientific scheduling of the telescopes many commented on the increased need for large science programmes. This is also strongly supported by the ING and new opportunities for this will be created in the near future. Another area stressed by many respondents is the importance of visiting instruments, which will remain part of ING’s strategy. On the other hand, and maybe not surprisingly, there remains a diversity of interests in access to science instruments. Depending on what ING’s future will bring, this may not be affordable long term. However, collaboration with other telescope groups on La Palma is actively being pursued and could well develop into an affordable model where diversity of instrumentation will remain possible, but spread over more telescopes.

These and many more results from the questionnaire will serve as a reference for the observatory for the next few years. ¤

Respondents’ Country of Work and Position

Country
Permanent
Postdoc
PhD
Other
Total
UK
39
10
3
4
56
NL
9
5
2
0
16
SP
27
15
9
4
55
Other European
2
1
0
1
4
Other World
4
4
0
1
9
Total
81
35
14
10
140

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Respondents’ Research Background

Subject
Number
%
Solar System/Planets
15
6
Stars
75
31
Galaxies
66
27
Cosmology
45
19
Theory
6
2
Instrumentation
34
14
Total
241
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Current and Future User of WHT

Yes (%)
Maybe (%)
No (%)
WHT current user
78
0
22
WHT future user
84
15
1

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Current and Future User of INT

Yes (%)
Maybe (%)
No (%)
INT current user
59
1
40
INT future user
55
29
16

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Instrument Interests

Instrument Type
Yes (%)
Neutral (%)
No (%)
AO optical spectroscopy (OASIS)
36
55
9
AO NIR imaging (INGRID)
39
49
11
Optical spectroscopy (ISIS)
71
27
2
Optical multi-object spectroscopy (AF2/WYFFOS)
49
41
10
Optical imaging (PFIP)
35
52
13
NIR spectroscopy (LIRIS)
56
38
6
NIR multi-object spectroscopy (LIRIS)
37
52
11
NIR imaging (LIRIS)
39
51
11
INT wide field camera (WFC)
54
31
15

 

WHT New Instruments

Option
Number
%
High time resolution spectroscopy
13
12
High time resolution imaging
5
5
High resolution optical spectroscopy
21
20
Near IR spectroscopy
7
7
High resolution near IR spectroscopy
4
4
Wide field multi object optical spectroscopy
17
16
Wide field optical imaging
6
6
Wide field near IR imaging
4
4
AO imaging / spectroscopy
19
18
Other (polarimetry/thermal IR/filters/gratings/IFUs)
10
9
Total
106
100

 

WHT Future Research

Subject
Number
%
Solar system/planets
11
6
Stars
71
40
Galaxies
66
37
Cosmology
25
14
Instrumentation
4
2
Total
177
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INT New Instruments

Option
Number
%
High time resolution imaging
6
9
Medium resolution optical spectroscopy
37
54
High resolution optical spectroscopy
11
16
Optical IFU spectroscopy
2
3
Near IR spectroscopy
1
1
Wide field multi object optical spectroscopy
1
1
Wide field optical imaging
6
9
Wide field near IR imaging
2
3
Other (thermal IR visiting instruments)
2
3
Total
68
100

 

INT Future Research

Subject
Number
%
Solar system/planets
7
7
Stars
48
49
Galaxies
33
34
Cosmology
9
9
Instrumentation
0
0
Total
97
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Service Issues

Issue
Yes (%)
Neutral (%)
No (%)
Support visiting instruments
74
24
2
More instrument flexibility
12
80
8
Want service/queue observing
29
32
39
Compensate for weather loss
54
29
17
Data archive important
45
32
23
Shared access with other telescopes
55
34
11
Single TAC with other telescopes
43
32
25

 


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