[ASA] ESO Period 105 Call for Proposals

Stuart Ryder stuart.ryder at astronomyaustralia.org.au
Tue Sep 3 14:21:17 AEST 2019

ESO Period 105 Call for Proposals

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released the Call for Proposals
for Period 105 (for observations between 1 April - 30 September 2020). Under
the terms of the Strategic Partnership between ESO and Australia,
Australian-based astronomers have access to the facilities of the La Silla
and Paranal Observatories, specifically the:

*	3.6-m telescope (3.6
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/wd1ACBNZwLiG0AmotzDIxV?domain=eso.org> );
*	New Technology Telescope (NTT
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/yOniCD1jy9t9wMmPi5EclE?domain=eso.org> );
*	Very Large Telescope (VLT
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/CwozCE8kz9t7OnGPfpiWv3?domain=eso.org> );
*	Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Ea2hCGvmB5i7EqlgfQNkxe?domain=eso.org> );
*	Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/r-f4CJyp0qhJlyzXFvJ8Ym?domain=eso.org> ); and
*	VLT Survey Telescope (VST
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Mv89CK1qJZtoP9wJfGZiaE?domain=eso.org> ).

Proposals for ESO time (in late March, May and July 2020) to use the Atacama
Pathfinder EXperiment (APEX <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/WJvICL7rK8tWVXOvCrm_2o?domain=apex-telescope.org> ) antenna on
Chajnantor will also be considered on the same basis as those from any ESO
member state.

The proposal deadline is Thursday 26 September 2019 at noon Central European
Summer Time (8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 6pm Australian Western
Standard Time).

Complete details on how to apply can be found at the P105 Call for Proposals
web page <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/PjnoCMwvLQTrD98lTPbOvh?domain=eso.org.>
. All applicants should consult the Call for Proposals document for Period
105 <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/X8iUCNLwM9iWJ9xRCye0FW?domain=eso.org> , and will
require an ESO User Portal <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/GKkSCOMxNyt8lwXGhwRIIZ?domain=eso.org>  account to
submit proposals. A wealth of information for Australian applicants can be
found on AAL's Australian ESO Forum
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/-uljCP7yOZtw9ZmlSQ1zA7?domain=astronomyaustralia.org.au> , including an update
from Users Committee representative Caroline Foster
gust-2019> .

Registration is now open for the 2nd ESO-Australia Joint Conference, on the
topic of "The Build-up of Galaxies through Multiple Tracers and Facilities
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/mSRNCROAQot6oQlVhrOMdf?domain=icrar.org> ", to be held at the
University of Western Australia from 17-21 February 2020. Building on the
success of the 1st ESO-Australia conference in Sydney in February 2019 that
was primarily focused on IFU surveys, this meeting will broaden
interdisciplinary connections to include the Square Kilometre Array
Pathfinders in Australia, the ESO large surveys that are being/will be
carried out from Paranal, and other instruments that are or will be
delivering survey science, such as APEX, ALMA, the AAT, e-ROSITA, LSST, HST,
and 4MOST, among others.  


What's new in Period 105?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the expected changes in
instrumentation offered and procedures for Period 105 given in Sec. 1.1 of
the Call for Proposals
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/yR1cCVAGXPtJmXKvFO2-ey?domain=eso.org> .
Among the items likely to be of most interest to the Australian community

*	New web-based proposal submission tool: Period 105 marks the
transition away from the traditional ESOFORM LaTeX proposal file, to a new
web-based Phase 1 tool ("p1"). Anyone who has used the current Phase 2
on-line preparation tool p2 will find the interface very similar. Among the
many new features on offer are the ability for the PI and Co-Is to edit
proposals collaboratively; pull-down menus for selecting instrument options;
querying Simbad for target information; and the ability to update submitted
proposals right up to the deadline! See the ESO Messenger article
er-no176-41-44.pdf>  for an overview of the new features, and try out the
p1demo <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/TwTICXLKZoiQjGNJHGIHKg?domain=eso.org>  tool.
*	No Large Programme proposals accepted in P105: From Period 104,
Large Programme proposals are only being accepted once per year during even
*	Replacement of seeing constraints with turbulence categories: To
homogenise the time allocation process across AO-assisted and non-AO
instrument modes, the current seeing constraints in arcseconds are now
replaced by seven turbulence categories for all instruments during the Phase
1 proposal preparation and submission. For non-AO instruments, these
turbulence categories correspond to upper limits on the seeing, e.g. a
turbulence category of 50% corresponds to seeing <0.8 arcseconds. Applicants
are encouraged to read the general description of these changes on the
Observing Conditions
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/YWb8CYWL1vi7mgZ8fY1Tzn?domain=eso.org>  webpage.
*	Collaboration with ESO scientists: ESO encourages new users to team
up with, or seek advice from, members of the community who have submitted
successful proposals in the past. Lists of successful Australian PIs can be
found on the AAL ESO Forum
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/swauCZYM2VF6AxRGh8NElI?domain=astronomyaustralia.org.au> . Users may also
want to consider collaborating with ESO scientists with expertise on the
scientific subject of their proposal. PIs interested in this option should
send an email to science_p1support at eso.org
<mailto:science_p1support at eso.org>  with a title and abstract of their
proposal, at least 2 weeks before the proposal submission deadline.
*	Visitor focus availability: The Nasmyth A focus of UT1 is available
for a Visitor Instrument during the whole of Period 105, while the
Cassegrain focus of UT4 will be available during the first months of Period
105. In addition, a visitor focus for an interferometric instrument is
available in the VLTI laboratory. Interested users should consult Section 3
of the <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/RpJcC1WZXri4xOmRSEHjPV?domain=eso.org>
Call for Proposals.
*	Students and Visitor Mode: ESO will normally only cover the
observing expenses for 1 observer per Visitor Mode run. However there have
been cases where ESO has agreed to waive the costs of flights and
accommodation within Chile for a student who accompanies their supervisor,
provided the student is able to cover the costs for getting to and from
Chile. Supervisors awarded observing time at La Silla Paranal Observatory in
Visitor Mode are encouraged to contact the Visiting Astronomers section with
any request for student support before submitting their Travel Form.



Dr. Stuart Ryder
Program Manager (Mon, Wed, Fri)
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