AGN Observing Goals

Long Term Goals

The goal should be to achieve a time resolution of 1 month for a number of years. Multiple filter observations for a broad range of objects should be obtained at least once a month. A relatively small collection of observatories could produce an impressive collection of data with a time resolution on the order of 0.1 years. Ideally, any unusual variations would be reported and thus serve as a trigger for more intensive observation campaigns.

Interday Goals

The goal should be to establish targeted campaigns to achieve a true time resolution of 1 day for a period of several weeks. Objects exhibiting unusual variation in the long term studies, or objects selected for other reasons, can be placed on special focused campaigns. For such a campaign, cooperating observatories will attempt to obtain an observation once a night for an extended, but finite span of time. A modest distribution of observatories would be expected to produce surveillance data with a time resolution on the order of a day. Such campaigns might extend for 4, 8, or 12 weeks.

Microvariability Goals

The goal should be to establish targeted campaigns to achieve a true time resolution of several minutes for a period of several days. Objects exhibiting unusual night-to-night variations, or objects selected for other reasons, can be placed on special microvariability campaigns. For such a campaign, cooperating observatories with appropriate equipment will attempt to observe a designated target nearly continuously for several/many hours at a time throughout the night. Such a campaign should last for an extended but finite span of time. With proper planning and a uniform distribution of observatories in longitude, this should make it possible to keep a target under virtually continuous surveillance with a time resolution on the order of minutes. Such campaigns might extend for 5, 10, or 15 days.