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I. Introduction

The Princeton University Observatory and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are sponsoring research programs by qualified Guest Investigators with the ultraviolet telescope on the Copernicus satellite. These programs may utilize either new satellite observations or data already on file at Princeton, obtained as a by-product of previous investigations.

This Guide will help prospective Guest Investigators in determining the feasibility of their proposed research in preparing a proposal, and in carrying out the program if it is accepted. While Princeton personnel will be available to help Guest Investigators perform their experiments, such assistance is generally limited to advisory consultations; the Guest Investigator himself is responsible for programming the satellite to make his observations and for reducing and analyzing the data. This responsibility will normally necessitate at least two trips to Princeton. (Limited support for these and other expenses related to the observations may be available; see section V, following.) Normally a visit of roughly one week is required on each occasion.

Appendix A lists Guest Investigators whose proposed research programs were approved during the first 2.5 years of operation; brief descriptions of their programs are included. In Appendix B are listed all stars observed with Copernicus by April 1, 1975. Stars for which complete survey spectra are available are emphasized in Appendix B. A list of wavelengths and f-values for ultraviolet transitions from unexcited states has been compiled by Morton and Smith (1973), and may be useful in planning Copernicus observations. In Appendix C are listed all papers either published or submitted for publication which are based on Copernicus studies.