XMM-Newton-NEWS  #152,    31-Jul-2013

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Reminder: Anticipated timeline for AO-13

 Announcement of Opportunity27 August 2013
 Due date for Proposals11 October 2013 (12:00 UT)
 Final OTAC approved programme    mid December 2013

For approved proposals only:

 Start of phase II proposal submission08 January 2014
 Closure of phase II proposal submission    31 January 2014
 Start of AO-13 observationsMay 2014

The official "Announcement of Opportunity" will be made public in the XMM-Newton News and on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre Home Page.

XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-13

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB) has been updated to version 2.11 in preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-13).

The UHB contains information on the instrumentation on board XMM-Newton and serves as the main technical support document for proposal preparation, based on which potential XMM-Newton users can assess the technical feasibility of their planned observations.

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook is available on-line at


Alternatively, pdf and postscript versions of the UHB can be downloaded from the "XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals" portal at


SAS Users Guide updated

The Users Guide to the XMM-Newton Science Analysis System has been updated for SAS version 13.0 in order to include the latest information on data analysis methods and updated SAS tasks.

The guide is available from the XMM-Newton Proposer's Info Documents and Manuals Web page (Section: Data Analysis) at:


The html version of the SAS Users Guide can directly be accessed under


Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC