[ASA] Call for Proposals for 2.3m telescope time Feb-Apr 2013

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Sun Nov 4 22:24:30 AEDT 2012

Dear Observer,

The closing date for observing proposals for time on the ANU/RSAA 2.3m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) in the quarter FEB 1 - APR 30 2013 is 23:59 November 15, 2012.  

Instruments available:
Nasymth A: WiFeS [see below]   Nasymth B: Imager or echelle.

WiFeS upgrade: In the current schedule for the WiFeS upgrade work we expect that the new red detector (an EEV 4k x 4k device) in a new dewar will be installed and tested on WiFeS by the beginning of the quarter.  However, the replacement of the current blue detector, also with a 4k x 4k EEV device in an upgraded dewar, may not have been completed by the beginning of the quarter.    Consequently, WiFeS programs awarded time in this quarter will need to recognise the allocations will be provisional only.  Part or all of any allocated time may be subject to withdrawal as installation and commissioning of the new detectors will take priority.  In these cases specific backup programs that use the echelle or the imager will be identified.  

The echelle and the imager will be available for the entire quarter.

Observing proposals must be submitted electronically via the RSAA web pages.
Full instructions are available at http://rsaa.anu.edu.au/observers/observing-rsaa.  You will need the most recent versions of the template and style files which can be obtained from the web pages.

         *************************** PLEASE NOTE ***********************************

(1) WiFeS users are requested to indicate on the proposal form whether they will be present at the telescope or observe remotely.  Remote observing is available only to experienced WiFeS observers but can now be carried out from sites other than Mt Stromlo subject to technical feasibility.  It is possible that remote observing (from Mt Stromlo only) will also be available in this quarter for the echelle and the Imager, under limited circumstances.  If you would like to observe remotely with the echelle or the Imager, assuming it is possible, then please indicate this in your proposal.  

(2) Proposals for use of the 2.3m will only be considered if the PI is from the ANU or from another institution that contributes financially or has contributed financially and directly to the building and/or operations of the 2.3m telescope and its commissioned instruments.  These institutions include those that collaborated on the successful ARC LIEF bid to fund the Blue Arm of the WiFeS spectrograph and the successful ARC LIEF bid for the WiFeS upgrade.  All such proposals will be judged on their scientific merit alone.  There will be no quotas placed on the amount of time available for qualifying institutions.  These policies will remain in place for the present.  Currently eligible (non-ANU) institutions are the AAO, UQld, UNSW and USyd as well as Swinburne, Monash and Macquarie.

(3) It is expected that the new E2V 4k x 4k CCDs will have been installed in at least the red camera of WiFeS before the start of this semester. If for any reason this does not take place on schedule, you may need to use
the existing red CCDs, which are read out using only one amplifier. For a full frame (complete spatial and spectral coverage, x2 binning) the readout time is approximately 3 minutes.  For half the frame (50% spatial coverage but full spectral coverage) the read out time will be approximately 90sec. Observers will need to take this extra overhead into account.  PIs of successful proposals will be notified if they will have to use the old CCDs.

(4) Limited first night support at the telescope is now provided to new observers.  Nevertheless new observers are strongly encouraged to be present at the telescope at least one night before their observing run to familiarise themselves with the telescope and instrument operating systems.

The latest information on using the telescope and its instruments can be found athttp://rsaa.anu.edu.au/observers/obsering-rsaa.

(5) Proposers are reminded to limit their scientific case to TWO pages, including figures and references.  


If you have technical problems in using the web-based submission process, please email tacinfo at mso.anu.edu.au.

Paul Francis

A/Prof. Paul Francis
Astrophysicist and University Education Scholar
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 0200 Australia
paul.francis at mso.anu.edu.au

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