[ASA] Call for Gemini and Subaru Proposals in Semester 2014B
Australian Gemini Office
ausgo at aao.gov.au
Sun Mar 2 23:48:57 AEDT 2014
Proposals for Australian access to the Gemini and Subaru telescopes for
(1 Aug 2014 - 31 Jan 2015) are due by *5:00pm AEST, Monday 31 March 2014*.
A separate call for Magellan proposals in Semester 2014B (with a 7 April
will be issued shortly.
What's new for Semester 2014B?
* Astronomy Australia Ltd and AusGO have secured funding from the
Australian government's NCRIS-2013 program to assist student
Principal Investigators enrolled at an Australian institution who
are awarded queue or classical time on Gemini by ATAC in Semesters
2014B and/or 2015A to travel to the telescope. Travel subsidies will
be made available so that students can spend a week at whichever
Gemini telescope their program is scheduled on, during which time
they will work alongside the queue observer to learn how the queue
process and various instruments work, and may get to execute
sequences from their own program. Student PIs who would be
interested in taking up this opportunity should indicate this in the
Technical Description section of their proposal, and successful PIs
will be contacted after the Gemini allocations are announced with
details on how to arrange a visit and claim the subsidy.
Independently of this scheme, the Gemini Observatory is also
offering travel grants for students
when accompanying their supervisor to a Gemini telescope.
* The Gemini Planet Imager
is offered for community use in shared-risks mode in Semester 2014B.
With commissioning and early science ongoing throughout Semester
2014A, potential applicants should check the GPI current status
and performance update
* The CCDs in GMOS-South
<http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/instruments/gmos-0> are scheduled to
be replaced with new Hamamatsu CCDs
in May/June 2014, and commissioned in time for the start of 2014B.
The GMOS-South Integration Time Calculator
will shortly be updated to include both the old EEV and the new
Hamamatsu CCD arrays. Applicants for 2014B should assume the use of
the new Hamamatsu detectors in planning their proposals.
* Following a recent analysis of the seeing percentiles at both sites,
the seeing FWHM corresponding to IQ20 conditions
has been relaxed slightly. This should reduce the number of IQ20
observations which have to be abandoned when the seeing softens over
time, while still enabling PIs who need the very best image quality
that Gemini can deliver to complete their programs.
* Proposals for Large & long-term Programs
to commence in 2014B are also being accepted from applicants who
earlier submitted a Letter Of Intent. Different page lengths and
additional requirements apply to Large and long-term applications,
which should use the special LaTeX
* The visitor instruments DSSI
and TEXES <http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/instruments/texes-north> are
offered on Gemini North in July/August.
* There will be a guaranteed minimum of 5 nights on the Subaru
telescope available to the Gemini community, including shared risks
use of the Hyper Suprime-Cam
<http://www.naoj.org/Observing/Instruments/HSC/> (HSC) very wide
field optical to far-red imager, and 4 visitor instruments (HiCIAO
Raven <http://web.uvic.ca/%7Eravenmoa/>, and SCExAO
<http://www.naoj.org/Projects/SCEXAO/>) by arrangement with the
How to apply
Gemini applications must be submitted using the 2014B release of the Phase I Tool (PIT) software. Subaru applications are also submitted using the PIT. For full details on instrument availability and application procedures, please see:
as well as the official Gemini Observatory Call for Proposals:
For general enquiries about Australian usage of Gemini or Subaru, please contact the
Australian Gemini Office (ausgo at aao.gov.au). For technical queries about a Gemini
Phase I proposal, please use the Gemini Helpdesk:
Australian Gemini Scientist
ausgo at aao.gov.au
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