[ASA] Call for Gemini proposals in Semester 2016A
International Telescopes Support Office
itso at aao.gov.au
Wed Sep 2 14:52:40 AEST 2015
2016A Call for Gemini proposals
Proposals for Australian access to the Gemini telescopes for Semester
2016A (1 Feb - 31 July 2016) are due by
*5:00pm AEST, Wednesday 30 September 2015.*
A separate call for Magellan proposals in Semester 2016A (with a 7 Oct
2015 deadline) will be issued shortly. A call for proposals for
Australian community access to the Keck telescopes in Semester 2016A
(with a 10 Sep 2015 deadline) was issued earlier
*What's new for Semester 2016A?*
* Australia will cease to be a full partner in Gemini after 31
December 2015. 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. As a limited-term partner, Australia is
*ineligible* to participate in the Gemini queue process, the
exchange program with Subaru, or in the joint proposal process.
Additionally, access to block-scheduled instruments is subject to
scheduling constraints, and not guaranteed. The block-scheduled
instruments in 2016A are *GSAOI, GRACES, DSSI, TEXES, and Phoenix*.
* Proposals should request at least one, and at most two nights on any
one telescope. Applicants must indicate in the Observing Conditions
section the poorest conditions (principally the Image Quality and
the Cloud Cover) they can use and still achieve their science goals.
They should also specify a backup program (which may employ a
different instrument if available) they would carry out if
conditions are worse than this.
* Although requests for queue mode on Gemini are not being sought in
2016A, ATAC may identify a subset of highly-ranked but unsuccessful
programs submitted for classical time as being suitable for a
"mini-queue" of programs to be executed by the scheduled PI (with
assistance from Gemini staff), in case conditions are not good
enough for their primary program. Applicants who would like their
proposal to be considered for the mini-queue if not allocated
classical time should indicate this in the technical justification
section of their proposal.
* Target-of-Opportunity (ToO) proposals cannot be submitted as
classical programs. However, applicants may request classical time
to follow up targets whose location and characteristics may not be
known at the time of submission (e.g. supernovae, new objects of
interest from ongoing surveys, etc.).
* The 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>. A number of
recent issues with apparent banding and charge smearing appear to
have been resolved through controller upgrades. Applicants for 2016A
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
towards the end of Semester 2016A; however applicants should assume
only the current e2v Deep Depletion CCDs
will be available for science in Semester 2016A.
* Student and early-career researchers involved in classical programs
are eligible to apply for Gemini's "Bring One, Get One"
travel subsidy program, when accompanying a senior observer.
How to apply
Gemini proposals must be submitted using the 2016A release of the Phase
I Tool (PIT). For full details on instrument availability and
application procedures, please see:
as well as the official Gemini Observatory Call for Proposals at:
For general enquiries about Australian access to Gemini, please contact
the International Telescopes Support Office (itso 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
itso at aao.gov.au
*As of 1 July 2015, the Australian Gemini Office is now the
International Telescopes Support Office. Please update your e-mail
address book to use "itso at aao.gov.au" in place of "ausgo at aao.gov.au".*
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