[ASA] Call for Blanco proposals in Semester 2018A

International Telescopes Support Office itso at aao.gov.au
Mon Sep 4 16:10:30 AEST 2017

      2018A Call for Blanco proposals

Proposals for Australian time on the CTIO Blanco 4m telescope for 
Semester 2018A (1 Feb - 31 July 2018) are due by

*5:00pm AEST, Friday 29 September 2017.*

A separate call for Magellan proposals in Semester 2018A (with a 6 Oct 
2017 deadline) will be issued shortly. A reminder that proposals for 
Australian community access to the Subaru Telescope in Semester 2018A 
(https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/vxwbB0T3Oe5dTZ?domain=aao.gov.au) are due *this Thursday* (1pm 
AEST 7 September 2017).

*What's new for Semester 2018A?*

  * In Semester 2018A there will be 5 nights on the Blanco 4m telescope
    available to the Australian community. A three week shutdown for
    recoating of the Blanco primary mirror has been tentatively
    scheduled for April 2018. The Dark Energy Survey (DES) has been
    granted the first halves of Feb 2-11 inclusive, and the DECals
    survey has been granted 22 dark/grey nights distributed throughout
    the semester. The rest of the semester should have few restrictions
    with approximately 60 nights available for allocation by the NOAO
    and Australian TACs.
  * The DECam imager and the COSMOS spectrograph are available for
    Australian proposals. COSMOS is available in an imaging, longslit
    and multi-object spectroscopy modes. The Astronomy Research with the
    Cornell InfraRed Imaging Spectrograph (ARCoIRIS) instrument will be
    relocated to SOAR during the 2018 calendar year. Depending on
    demand, ARCoIRIS may be scheduled on Blanco early in 2018A before
    being taken out of service to carry out opto-mechanical
    modifications inside the dewar.

        How to apply

Blanco proposals must be submitted using the AAO's Lens 
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/nbpeB1UzVKwDU7?domain=aao.gov.au> proposal submission system. For full 
details on instrument availability and application procedures, please see:


        Need help?

For general enquiries about Australian access to the Blanco telescope, 
please contact the International Telescopes Support Office 
(itso at aao.gov.au) at the AAO.

Stuart Ryder
Head of International Telescopes Support
itso at aao.gov.au
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