Here you will find information on how to communicate with the Burke-Gaffney Observatory (BGO) by E-mail. You have to be authorized to interact with the observatory.

The Basics

The observatory monitors the email address:

  • You must include the tag #listentome in the subject line, otherwise your email will be ignored.
  • The body of the email is read line-by-line to form the command. Only the first ten lines are read.
  • These command #tags are processed.
  • You can include a command on a single line or break it into more than one line. In fact, for long lines your E-mail program will probably break them into multiple lines.

You will receive a reply to your message, either

  • acknowledging what you asked it to do is done
  • providing the requested information
  • or sending you an error message

You will also be emailed when your requested image has been taken (along with a low-resolution image for non-special observations) and in the morning when full resolution and raw data are available. Look for completed images here. Note: it would be a good idea to configure your email's spam service to "whitelist" our email address or check your "spam" folder if you are missing an expected reply.

Commands

Many commands are supported. New observers should use those described on the basic page:

Observatory Status

The observatory posts regularly as it is observing on its Twitter Feed (@smubgobs) and Facebook page. Even if you are interacting with the BGO by E-mail, it may be useful to monitor one of these feeds. You can tell it is the observatory posting (instead of a human) when the tags #bgosays or #bgoreplies are used. The former is a general tweet to everyone. The latter means it is replying to someone's tweet.

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