[ASA] Call for SSO 2.3m Telescope Proposals

Paul Francis Paul.Francis at anu.edu.au
Fri Aug 9 17:13:06 AEST 2019

Dear Observer,

The closing date for observing proposals for time on the ANU/RSAA 2.3m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) in the quarter 1st November 2019 - 31st January 2020 is 23:59 August 26, 2019.

NOTE - All proposers need to tell us whether they plan to observe in person or remotely, and whether they are requesting paid or unpaid nights. Proposals with these fields left blank will be discarded.

Instruments available:
Nasymth A: WiFeS   Nasymth B: Imager or Echelle.

Observing proposals must be submitted electronically via the RSAA web pages.
Full instructions are available at http://rsaa.anu.edu.au/observers/observing-rsaa.

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There are new rules for Target of Opportunity (ToO) proposals this quarter. The new rules can be found at https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/A0XnCD1jy9tzB3lMSW22r4?domain=rsaa.anu.edu.au . Note in particular that there is a cap on the number and length of ToO triggers, and that all ToO proposers must also request classical compensation nights.

The ANU 2.3-metre telescope at Siding Spring Observatory is scientifically productive and a valuable resource for student training and instrument development. These diverse and significant benefits justify its continued operation for the foreseeable future. The full cost to the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) of operating the 2.3m telescope (including staff, maintenance and repairs) corresponds to approximately $1200 per night. To defray this cost, RSAA is offering priority on the 2.3m telescope to paying customers from Australia and elsewhere, while simultaneously ensuring a level of open access to astronomers at all Australian institutions.

50% of the telescope time will be allocated to paid priority proposals, which will need to contribute $600 per night towards the running costs of the telescope. The remaining 50% of the time is open-access and remains free. To be eligible to apply for open-access time, 50% or more of the proposers must be based at Australian institutions.

In future years the price of a priority night will increase and the fraction of open-access nights will decrease. Full details can be found at

The latest information on using the telescope and its instruments can be found at http://https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/xVLHCGvmB5iRJA5qhpSgx5?domain=rsaa.anu.edu.au


If you have questions or technical problems in using the web-based submission process, please email tacinfo at mso.anu.edu.au<mailto:tacinfo at mso.anu.edu.au>.

Paul Francis
Chair, ANU TAC

Prof. Paul Francis
Astrophysicist, ANU Distinguished Educator
Physics Education Centre and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
College of Science
The Australian National University
Building 38a, Science Road
Acton, ACT 2601, Australia
Tel 02 6125 2824

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