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Abstract: Preparing observing proposals is a classical exercise in an observationalastronomer-s life. In this paper, we summarize the general requirements towrite a good proposal for the ESO telescopes, and eventually obtain telescopetime. We detail in particular the different proposal types, how they areevaluated by ESO, what they should contain and what to avoid. The advice givenin the present paper are applicable to observing proposals for the AMBER andMIDI instruments of the VLTI, but also to other ESO instruments, and to someextent to other observatories.

Author: Pierre Kervella (LESIA), Paulo J. V. Garcia (CAUP)


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