[ASA] 2018B SkyMapper Call for Proposals

Paul Francis Paul.Francis at anu.edu.au
Fri Jun 15 12:08:48 AEST 2018

Call for Proposals for non-survey time on the SkyMapper Telescope: Semester 2018B (Jul-Dec)

Application deadline: 23:59 on 24 June 2018

Hours available:
dark:   32.5hrs -- ANU: 25.0hrs, AU: 7.5hrs
grey:   25.0hrs -- ANU: 19.5hrs, AU: 5.5hrs
bright: 14.5hrs -- ANU: 11.0hrs, AU: 3.5hrs
Total:  72.0hrs -- ANU: 55.5hrs, AU: 16.5hrs

dark - Moon phase < 35% + Moon phase < 65% when Moon below the horizon
grey - Moon phase 35-65% when Moon in the sky + Moon phase 65-94%
bright - Moon phase > 94%

How to apply
For full instructions for proposals and information on SkyMapper please refer to

Additional Notes for 2018B
The SkyMapper mosaic is currently operating without 1 of its 64 amplifiers. The time scale for restoring full function of the mosaic is currently unknown.
Observing time on SkyMapper was made available to the Australian community for a 5-year period, beginning in early 2014. Thus, the 2018B semester is currently expected to be the last "B" semester for which proposals can be submitted.

You can only apply for images that will not replicate the observations of the public SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey (all-sky dec < +2, 100 sec images in u,v (6 visits) and g,r,i,z (4 visits)). The SkyMapper team can prioritise public survey fields to a limited extent in any given semester. If you'd like a field to be observed with priority, please do not submit a proposal, but contact the SkyMapper team (skymapper at anu.edu.au<mailto:skymapper at anu.edu.au>) who will help on a best-effort basis. Proposals should not directly compete with SkyMapper legacy science projects, which are listed at

All proposals MUST specify how their time is to be broken down between ANU and other Australian time.
All proposals MUST specify the required Moon phase (bright/grey/dark) for their observations. This is necessary to ensure the long-term balance between survey and non-survey observations.

Proposals should include a two-page scientific and technical justification. Please email your proposal to  paul.francis at anu.edu.au<mailto:paul.francis at anu.edu.au>  before the deadline. If you do not receive confirmation that we've received your e-mail within 24 hours, please contact us again.
Your proposal will be ranked by the ANU-TAC and, if successful, forwarded to the SkyMapper team for scheduling and robotic observation. All images will receive basic processing by the SkyMapper Science Data Pipeline alongside survey observations (and thus will be done in temporal order).
We also remind users of the availability of SkyMapper Discretionary Time of up to 3 nights per semester in total. Requests for this time can be sent at short notice during the observing semester by email to  christian.wolf at anu.edu.au<mailto:christian.wolf at anu.edu.au> , but will only be granted for urgent and potential high-impact observations that exploit the uniqueness of SkyMapper under circumstances, where a regular proposal could not have been anticipated.

Telescope Summary
SkyMapper is a 1.3m telescope with a 5.7 sq. deg. FoV and a 268 Megapixel camera. There are six primary filters (u,v,g,r,i,z), plus an H-alpha filter subject to strong scheduling constraints. If you have any questions not answered in the documentation, the SkyMapper team is available to help (skymapper at anu.edu.au<mailto:skymapper at anu.edu.au>).

Prof. Paul Francis
ANU Distinguished Educator
Mt Stromlo Observatory and Physics Education Centre
Room 104, Building 38a
Tel: +61 2 6125 2824 or +61 2 6125 8031
The Australian National University
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