[ASA] Final Call for Australian Magellan Proposals

International Telescopes Support Office itso at aao.gov.au
Tue Mar 13 15:57:57 AEDT 2018

      2018B Call for Magellan Proposals

Proposals for Australian access to the Magellan telescopes for Semester 
2018B (mid-Jul 2018 to mid-Jan 2019) are due by:

*5:00pm AEST on Friday 6 April 2018**
Note that AAL and the Carnegie Institution for Science have agreed that 
Semester 2018B will be the 
in which Australian astronomers have guaranteed access to the Magellan 
Telescopes. AAL will be providing funds sufficient to cover observer 
travel funding to Australian Magellan users in 2018B.

The instruments normally available on the two Magellan telescopes are 
listed on the ITSO Magellan instrumentation 
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/t_VkCE8kz9tklnLRuNyFhM?domain=aao.gov.au> page, but applicants 
should bear in mind the following for Semester 2018B:

  * A new CCD has recently been commissioned with the Planet Finding
    Spectrograph. Contact Jeff Crane (crane - at - carnegiescience.edu) for
    the latest update before applying.
  * Instruments including MegaCam, M2FS, PFS, and PISCO will be
    scheduled in 1 or more blocks during the semester, depending on demand.
  * There will be no MagAO run in 2018B.

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/SyYDCGvmB5i2Bqkjh7vOSt?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).

A separate call for Blanco proposals in Semester 2018B with a 29 March 
2018 deadline was issued earlier - please see 
https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/6hvQCJyp0qhgByZ0szG7ys?domain=aao.gov.au. A reminder also that ESO 
proposals for Period 102 (Oct 2018 - Mar 2019) are due by 28 March 2018 
- see https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/ijXcCK1qJZtZD9O3cApjQJ?domain=aao.gov.au.

Stuart Ryder
Head of International Telescopes Support
Australian Astronomical Observatory
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