Sept 23-24, 2023
Co-located with LSST@Europe V
Complementary observations of Rubin discoveries from a range of telescope facilities will be an important part of achieving the goals of the science community.  Increasingly, telescope facilities are offering flexible modes of observation and programmatic tools that enable time-domain astrophysics. The AEON Network is one example of this.  The goal of this workshop are:
  1. Review the services that comprise the Rubin ‘follow-up ecosystem’ 
  2. Review the Time Allocation Process for telescopes participating in the Rubin International In Kind Program
  3. Discuss the technical requirements for an observatory to become AEON-compatible
  4. Provide a forum for feedback and questions from observatory operators
  5. Describe in detail the alternative options for an observatory to receive observing requests and return data.
  6. Explore the open-source software packages available to help observatories to meet the AEON requirements.  
The workshop is intended to be hands-on hackathon in style, and will be of particular interest to everyone involved in telescope operations.  Representatives from all interested observatories are welcome, especially those participating in the Rubin International In Kind Program. 

Prerequisites for the Hands-On Sessions

Some sessions at the workshop are intended to be hands-on software demonstrations and we encourage everyone to participate. 
To do so, you will need four packages pre-installed.  Full guidelines on what you will need can be found here.  

Physical Meeting Room

The in-person meeting is in the Laguna room of the hotel Parentium, Poreć, which can be found in the corridor immediately behind the hotel reception desk.  

Zoom Meeting Room

Recording of Day 1 sessions 


Please note that the agenda is still subject to change, and that all times are in CEST.

 Day 1: Saturday Sept 23, 2023

 Time Speaker Session Title/description
 09:00Rachel Street  Welcome and introduction
 09:05Rachel Street Telescopes in the follow-up ecosystem Overview of the follow-up ecosystem, the role of AEON and available software tools
 09:30Steve Margheim   The Rubin In-Kind Program, Telescope contributions and time allocation process
 10:00Rachel Street & Matt Daily Overview of technical requirements for AEON integration
 Steve Margheim  Archiving observatory data and serving it to PIs 
10:30  Coffee break 
11:00Cesar Briceño Alternative Models of Telescope Operations  Chair: Rachel StreetThe SOAR Telescope, and its participation in AEON 
 11:30Bryan Millar (remote)  The Gemini Telescopes, and AEON 
12:00 Cesar Briceño  Plans for the Blanco Telescope 
12:30  Lunch  
14:00 William Lindstrom Observatory Control SystemOverview of OpenOCS, the TOM Toolkit and their roles in the ecosystem 
 Matt Daily  Detailed introduction to the components of the OpenOCS 
15:30  Coffee break  
16:00 Joey Chatelain & Matt Daily Demonstration of the OpenOCS using LCO websites 
 Matt Daily Hands-on demo of installing and running an OpenOCS 

 Day 2: Sunday Sept 24, 2023

08:55Rachel Street
Welcome and logistics
09:00Milan Stojanović
Telescope Facilities Chair: Cesar BriceñoMilankovich 1.4m
09:30David Buckley
South Africa Astronomical Observatory
10:00Łukasz Wyrzykowski

The Opticon/RadioNet Program and Black Hole TOM
Coffee break
11:00Steve MargheimRubin In Kind Program Chair: Steve MargheimDeveloping plans for telescope facilities and reporting
11:30Joey Chatelain
Decision tree for designing implementations
12:00   Discussion among observatory teams 
12:30 Lunch  
14:00 William LindstromOverview of software tools Hands-on introduction to the TOM Toolkit 
15:30  Coffee break  
16:00 William Lindstrom & Matt Daily Hands-on demo of observation submission from TOM to OCS


Organizers and contact
Rachel Street, Las Cumbres Observatory, rstreet/at/
In collaboration with the AEON Network and the Rubin In Kind Team. 
The organizers gratefully acknowledge support from the Heising-Simons Foundation.