[ASA] Call for Proposals for Australian community access to the Keck telescopes in Semester 2016B
International Telescopes Support Office
itso at aao.gov.au
Tue Feb 23 15:45:32 AEDT 2016
Call for Proposals for Australian community access to the Keck
telescopes in Semester 2016B
Proposals for Australian community access to the Keck telescopes in
Hawaii for Semester 2016B (1 Aug 2016 - 31 Jan 2017) are due by
*5:00pm AEST, Tuesday 22 March 2016.**
Separate calls for Gemini and Magellan proposals in Semester 2016B (with
proposal deadlines of 31 March and 7 April, respectively) will be issued
In 2015 Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) announced that a total of fifteen
nights per year on the Keck telescopes will be available to
Australian-based astronomers during 2016 and 2017 via a national
program. This time has been made available by the W. M. Keck Observatory
to AAL via the Australian National University. The collaboration is made
possible through the support of the Australian Government's National
Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, via the Department of
Education and Training, and an Australian Government astronomy research
infrastructure grant, via the Department of Industry, Innovation and
Science. AAL has engaged the Australian Astronomical Observatory's
International Telescopes Support Office (ITSO) to manage and support
this programme within Australia.
In addition, the Australian National University (ANU), Swinburne
University of Technology (SUT) and AAL, who each have access to fifteen
nights per year on Keck, have agreed to form the Keck Time Allocation
Committee (KTAC). KTAC will provide a single interface for
Australian-based astronomers who wish to request access to the total of
forty-five Keck-nights available per year in 2016 and 2017. This model
is designed to facilitate larger programmes and broader collaborations
to maximise the scientific return from Australia's engagement with the
Keck telescopes. All Australian-based astronomers are eligible for AAL
time on Keck, including those at SUT and ANU.
How to apply
Details on how to prepare and submit a KTAC application for 2016B can be
found on the new ITSO website at
via the "Call for Proposals" and "Submitting" tabs. Applicants should
also consult the Keck Observatory instrument availability page
(http://www2.keck.hawaii.edu/observing/instavail.html) and the Keck
Observatory pages for individual instruments
(http://www2.keck.hawaii.edu/inst/index.php) for more complete information.
Principal Investigators granted AAL time by KTAC will be expected to
travel to the Keck Observatory headquarters in Waimea on the Big Island
of Hawaii. Suitably-experienced observers are invited to make use of the
dedicated Keck remote observing facilities at SUT or at ANU. ITSO will
reimburse observer travel costs in either case.
For general enquiries concerning Australian access to Keck, please
contact the International Telescopes Support Office (itso at aao.gov.au).
For enquiries about a specific instrument please contact the instrument
master listed on each instrument's home page, or contact the ITSO to be
directed to a local expert if you need a rapid response.
Head of International Telescopes Support
itso at aao.gov.au
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