Haphazard collection of possibly useful things...
ADS - search for published papers, specific authors, or keywords.
astro-ph - updated each weekday with papers accepted to journals.
Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics - useful for subject reviews, if that wasn't obvious.
Nature - papers and other articles which don't always appear on astro-ph.
Science - papers and other articles which don't always appear on astro-ph.Others journals: ApJ, AJ, A&A, PASP, MNRAS, PASJ, AN
Protostars & Planets (IV & V) Conference proceedings. Someone in dept. will have copy/access.
Setting up a VPN with your university username can allow access to these when out work. ________________________________________
Mail.app on a mac - needs username and password from John Rowe.Pine - use from terminal. Can be used to access e-mail remotely by ssh-ing to linux machines. ________________________________________
ProgrammingSome of us use Fortran, Perl, and\or C. Compliers: you should have g95 installed on your mac. Otherwise, speak to someone else. ________________________________________
Nedit - simple, easy to use, good shortcuts.
Emacs - popular.
VI - oldschool.
Pico - use from command line for very quick editing.________________________________________
Can be used from the command line or TeXshop application on your mac.
Example tex file and style file etc. for an A&A paper. ________________________________________
PlottingYou will probably have two plotting needs: quick plots and good plots.
Graph - (in TimN's Ark software collection) - can be used for both purposes.
Gnuplot - very quick and easy to use from the command line.PGPLOT - Plotting subroutines which can be called from Fortran, C, and Perl programs. Requires a bit more work but can do a lot.
IRAF - can also be used for plots, use only if you're going to use IRAF for other things. Otherwise: walk away.
Image DisplayDS9 - use with IRAF.
Gaia - starlink software.
Skycat - ESO software built around Gaia. ________________________________________
Data ReductionProgramming language of your choice.
IRAF - once installed type "cl" to start
ARK - Tim N's ARK software
Numerical Recipes - fortan and C subroutines.
NAG Library - more numerical subroutines.________________________________________
La Palma - WHT, INT, Liverpool Telescope
Hawaii - UKIRT, Gemini North, JCMT, CFHT
Chile - ESO VLT at Paranal, others at La Silla.
Austrailia - AAT
Space... - Spitzer, Chandra, HST
Telescope proposals - call for proposals usually twice a year. ESO and others end of March and September for semester starting six months later. ________________________________________
Expected First Year TasksLiterature Review - January
First year report - April/May ->
First Year Talk - Oct/Nov
Telescope talks for UCAS days etc. ________________________________________
SIMBAD - search for particular objects
Vizier - collection of astronomical catalogs
NED - NASA Extragalactic Database________________________________________
Other Useful Programs
Maple - on linux machines ________________________________________
Your other homespace..As well as on your mac, you will have a homespace on the linux machines. Access by ssh-ing onto any (e.g. pinky, taz).
Can access your mail remotely from here and get to your webspace. ________________________________________