Observational round

Rules and Regulations

Familiarization with a site of the round.

The participants have to be familiarized in advance with the site of the round during the daytime in the case the round (part of the round) organized during the night.

In the case the round have a task with a telescope (except for observations with the already adjusted and guided telescope) every participant has to be familiarized with that actual telescope, on which one the participant will work during the round.

Procedures before the round.

At the planned time the team leaders (including all the jury members) and all the students have to arrive to the round (to the distribution auditorium or other common auditorium).

For both team leaders and students: it is forbidden to come to the round (to the distribution auditorium) with any electronic device (calculators, mobile phones, computers, GPS-devices, players, photocameras, etc.) in any state of the device (on/off) if such items were not given or specially allowed (in written form) by organizers. Only watches are permitted.

Organizers announce whether the round will be.

In the case the round will be the team leaders-translators go to the translation room and cannot leave the room till the end of round (after the translation they continue to work in theoretical jury).

During the translation and preparing the papers the procedure of defining the sequence of examination starts in the distribution auditorium. Every student takes a jetton with a Latin symbol (that means the examiner) and figure (that means the position in the queue to the examiner).

A student cannot leave the auditorium (except for short hygienic procedures) till he or she goes to the examination.

Team leaders (not translators) may leave the distribution auditorium at any time (but without permission to return back). After leaving the distribution auditorium the team leader must be in the finish round auditorium (if any) or at apartments till the end of the round.

According to the sequence of examination every student will be called and leaded to the place of the observation by the helper of the examiner.

In the case the round consist of a few parts (day and night parts, for example) the above-mentioned procedures should be organized separately for every part of the round.

Work of a student on the round.

The work must be carried out independently.

It is permitted to use your own pen, pencil and ruler (but not other instruments).

Languages. Every examiner has a set of tasks written in all the languages on which the tasks have been translated. A participant may use any language to read the task.

Additional questions to examiners during the round. It is proposed that there should be no questions during the observational round. All necessary data are written.

Rough copy. Rough copy is not proposed at the Observational round.

There may be in general two types of tasks:

1. To answer for some question in written form. In this case you have to work (write down answers, draw pictures, etc.) in the sheets of paper that given by the examiner. It is proposed that the answers should be done in numerical values, pictures or standard defined symbols of objects (like d, a UMa, M31, 5m). The numerical values must be written using standard symbols but not symbols of National alphabet. No any oral answer will be taken into account.

2. To show something in the sky, adjust the telescope, etc. In this case you have to show answer for examiner (the necessary object, direction, adjusted telescope, etc.). Examiner put the necessary features of your showing to his/her table. No any oral answer will be taken into account as well.

Take into account that the examiner, as usual, is not a jury member, he/she only register you answers. Jury checks only written documents: your written answers (including drawings, graphs, etc.) and tables of examiners.

You have to finish every point of observational programme in a limited by the rules time. After the time finishing the examiner has to stop the work of participant.

What is forbidden:

To indicate the surname, name, patronymic, town, school, class and other individual data of participant at the working sheet of paper. Only code should be written. The work must be anonymous. In the case of infringement a participant can be disqualified.

To talk with other participants of Olympiad, and ask them.

To talk with examiner, ask him/her a question connected with the matter of the round.

To use reference books, textbooks, any other books, tables, catalogue etc., and also to use any electronic devices (except watch) if such items were not given to participant for the round by organizers.

To make changes in the work after time for the task is up.

Procedures after the work.

Student has not to keep with him/her any sheet of paper after finishing the work on the observational round.

After finishing the work on the observational round the participant has to go to the finish round auditorium (if any) or to his/her apartments and stay there till the end of the round.

Round with artificial sky, demonstrations, etc.

Special explanations to be done by the organizers in this case.


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