[ASA] Call for Magellan Proposals in Semester 2018A

International Telescopes Support Office itso at aao.gov.au
Wed Sep 13 16:57:31 AEST 2017

      2018A Call for Magellan Proposals

Proposals for Australian access to the Magellan telescopes for Semester 
2018A (mid-Jan to mid-Jul 2018) are due by:

*5:00pm AEST on Friday 6 October 2017**
(A separate call for Blanco proposals in Semester 2018A with a 29 Sep 
2017 deadline was issued earlier - please see 
https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/NX12BDUYxYwVfx?domain=aao.gov.au. A reminder also that ESO 
proposals for Period 101 (April-Sep 2018) are due by 28 Sep 2017 - see 

The instruments normally available on the two Magellan telescopes are 
listed on the ITSO Magellan instrumentation 
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Jb1WBnUxDxMNud?domain=aao.gov.au> page, but applicants 
should bear in mind the following for Semester 2018A:

  * A new CCD is currently being commissioned with the Planet Finding
    Spectrograph. Contact Jeff Crane (crane - at - carnegiescience.edu) for
    the latest update before applying.
  * There will likely be a single MegaCam f/5 block; a single MagAO
    block in the April bright time; and perhaps 2 M2FS blocks in 2018A,
    depending on demand.
  * The Parallel Imager for Southern Cosmology Observations (PISCO
    <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Xq1VBlSv3v76Ux?domain=pisco.physics.harvard.edu>) provides simultaneous imaging
    in the 4 SDSS bands g', r', i', and z' over a 7.3 x 5.4 arcminute
    field of view at 0.11 arcsec/pixel. PISCO is a PI instrument and is
    only available via collaborative arrangement with the instrument
    team. Contact Tony Stark (astark - at - cfa.harvard.edu) before
    submitting a proposal.

In recent semesters demand for instruments mounted on the Clay telescope 
has significantly exceeded that for instruments on the Baade telescope. 
Applicants are encouraged to consider whether their science might also 
be possible using the instruments on Baade (IMACS, FourStar, FIRE, 
MagE), should their preferred instrument on Clay not be available due to 
scheduling constraints.

Complete information about all Magellan instrumentation on offer, travel 
funding, and the application procedure is available at 
https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/78eDB7UKOK6Ls2?domain=aao.gov.au. For any enquiries about Australian 
usage of Magellan please contact the AAO's International Telescopes 
Support Office (itso at aao.gov.au).

Stuart Ryder
Head of International Telescopes Support
Australian Astronomical Observatory

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