[ASA] Call for SkyMapper Open and Discretionary Time

Paul Francis Paul.Francis at anu.edu.au
Fri Apr 1 16:52:04 AEDT 2016

Call for Proposals for non-survey time on the SkyMapper Telescope: Semester 2016B

Application deadline: 23:59  30th April 2016

Nights available:
20.0 for ANU-led proposals (116 hours dome-open time given average weather statistics)
5.0 for other Australian-led proposals(29 hours dome-open time given average weather statistics). All proposals MUST specify how their time is to be broken down between ANU and other Australian time. By default we will split the time proportional to the number of proposers from ANU and non-ANU institutions.
Period 01 July to 31 December 2016; these nights will need to be distributed over different lunar phases in the long term, but not necessarily in any given semester.

We also announce the availability of SkyMapper Discretionary Time of up to 3 nights per semester in total. Requests for this time can be sent at short notice during the observing semester by email to christian.wolf at anu.edu.au, but will only be granted for urgent and potential high-impact observations that exploit the uniqueness of SkyMapper under circumstances, where a regular proposal could not have been anticipated.

How to apply

For instructions for proposals and information on SkyMapper please refer to

You can only apply for images that will not replicate the observations of the public SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey (all-sky dec < +2, 100 sec images in uv (6 visits) and griz (4 visits), operating until 2019). The SkyMapper team can prioritise public survey fields to a limited extent in any given semester. If you'd like a field to be observed with priority, please do not submit a proposal, but contact the SkyMapper team (skymapper at anu.edu.au) who will help on a best-effort basis. Proposals should not directly compete with SkyMapper legacy science projects, which are listed at https://www.mso.anu.edu.au/~skymap/TDR/SkyMapperSouthernSkySurveyScienceProjects.html

Proposals should include a two-page scientific and technical justification. Please email to paul.francis at anu.edu.au before the deadline. If you do not receive confirmation that we've received your e-mail within 24 hours, please contact us again. Joint proposals with proposers from both ANU and the Australian Community should specify how they want the time broken down between ANU and other Australian time.

Your proposal will be ranked by the ANU-TAC and, if successful, forwarded to the SkyMapper team for scheduling and robotic observation. All images will receive basic processing by the SkyMapper Science Data Pipeline alongside survey observations (and thus will be done in temporal order).

Telescope Summary

SkyMapper is a 1.3m telescope with a 5.7 sq. deg. FoV and a 268 Megapixel camera. There are six primary filters (uvgriz), plus an H-alpha filter subject to strong scheduling constraints. If you have any questions not answered in the documentation, Chris Onken and Chris Wolf are able to help. (skymapper at anu.edu.au)

A/Prof. Paul Francis
Mt Stromlo Observatory, and the Physics Education Centre
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Building 38a, Tel 02 6125 2824 or 8031
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
paul.francis at anu.edu.au<mailto:paul.francis at anu.edu.au>

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