[ASA] Call for Gemini and Subaru exchange proposals in Semester 2015B
Australian Gemini Office
ausgo at aao.gov.au
Mon Mar 2 14:54:30 AEDT 2015
2015B Call for Gemini and Subaru exchange proposals
Proposals for Australian access to the Gemini and Subaru telescopes for
Semester 2015B (1 Aug - 31 Dec 2015) are due by
*5:00pm AEST, Tuesday 31 March 2015.**
A separate call for Magellan proposals in Semester 2015B (with a 7 April
2015 deadline) will be issued shortly.
What's new for Semester 2015B?
* Semester 2015B marks the final semester in which Australia will be a
full partner in Gemini. For this semester Australian-led and joint
proposals involving Australia will be assessed and scheduled in the
usual way, but will not be executed after Australia's membership in
Gemini formally ends on 31 December 2015. Thus programs which can
only be executed in January 2016 will not be accepted, and
Australian Band 1 programs will not be eligible for rollover into
* Notwithstanding the end of Australia's full partnership in Gemini,
Astronomy Australia Ltd and the AAO have secured a limited-term
partnership for 2016, providing a total of 7 classical nights over
Semesters 2016A and 2016B split between Gemini North and Gemini
South. Details of how this time will be made available to the
Australian community will be announced prior to the Semester 2016A
Call for Proposals.
* The Gemini Remote Access to CFHT ESPaDOnS Spectrograph (GRACES
facility is now available. GRACES combines the large collecting area
of the Gemini North telescope with the high resolving power and high
efficiency of the ESPaDOnS spectrograph at CFHT via a 270m-long
optical fibre, to deliver high-resolution (R~67,500) optical
spectroscopy between 400 and 1000 nm with a sensitivity comparable
to, or better than HIRES on Keck. GRACES observations will be
carried out in a number of observing blocks coordinated with CFHT.
* Pending successful commissioning in Semester 2015A the Non Redundant
mode is available for use on the Gemini Planet Imager
* It is anticipated that the On-Instrument Wavefront Sensor (OIWFS
will become the default guiding mode for FLAMINGOS-2
from 2015B. This will reduce both the impact of flexure on long
spectroscopic exposures, as well as potential vignetting in imaging
from the use of PWFS2
Pending successful installation in Semester 2015A, an extended
K-band filter will be offered in Semester 2015B.
* New Hamamatsu CCDs <http://www.gemini.edu/node/12248?q=node/11395>
offering improved and extended sensitivity out to 1 micron are now
in regular use in GMOS-South
<http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/instruments/gmos-0>, Applicants for
2015B should be sure to select "CCD Type = Hamamatsu array" in the
GMOS-South Integration Time Calculator
in planning their proposals. Pending the delivery of CCDs and new
video boards, a similar CCD array may be installed in GMOS-North at
some point in Semester 2015B; however applicants should assume only
the current e2v Deep Depletion CCDs
will be available for science in Semester 2015B.
* Student and early-career researchers involved in classical or queue
programs are eligible to apply for Gemini's "Bring One, Get One"
travel subsidy program, when accompanying a senior observer.
* The DSSI speckle imaging camera
is being offered as a visitor instrument on Gemini North in December
* Up to 5 nights on the Subaru telescope will be 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 3 visitor instruments
and SCExAO <http://www.naoj.org/Projects/SCEXAO/>) by arrangement
with the instrument PI.
* Due to the end of Australia's full partnership in Gemini, new
Australian-led proposals for Large & long-term Programs (LPs)
<http://www.gemini.edu/node/12248?q=node/12096> cannot be submitted.
Similarly Australia is not eligible to participate in the new Fast
How to apply
Gemini proposals must be submitted using the 2015B release of the Phase
I Tool (PIT). Subaru applications are also submitted using the PIT. For
full details on instrument availability and application procedures,
as well as the official Gemini Observatory Call for Proposals at:
For general enquiries about Australian access to Gemini or Subaru,
please contact the International Telescopes Support Office
(ausgo at aao.gov.au) at the AAO. For technical queries about a Gemini
Phase I proposal, please use the Gemini Helpdesk:
Head of International Telescopes Support
ausgo at aao.gov.au
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