[ASA] Semester 2020B Call for Gemini GSAOI proposals - New opportunity

Lucyna Chudczer lucyna.chudczer at astronomyaustralia.org.au
Fri Mar 6 11:55:39 AEDT 2020


2020B Call for Gemini GSAOI Proposals



In Semester 2020B the Australian astronomical community will have access to
3.5 nights of observing time with the Gemini South Adaptive Optics Imager
(GSAOI). This opportunity is a result of the agreement between AURA and the
ANU team that constructed the NGS2 enhancement to the Gemini South multi
conjugate adaptive optics system. The NGS2 system was commissioned in
October 2019 (see attached the article published in Gemini Focus).


The new NGS2 system allows the use of fainter guide stars - the previous
limit with the old system was R=15.5 in good conditions. During
commissioning the loop was closed on a R=18 star in average conditions. This
results in a huge improvement of the sky coverage for GeMS (2.5 magnitude is
approximately equivalent to a gain of 8 times in sky coverage). Acquisition
times have also been reduced by almost tenfold. The ANU team was awarded a
total of 7 nights of guaranteed time, which they have kindly offered to the
Australian community via this open call for proposals process. This
allocation will be split between the 2020B and 2021A semesters. All
proposals will be reviewed and assessed by ATAC. The observing time will be
allocated in 'classical' mode, which means that observations will be
scheduled for specific nights. All observers are required to cover their own
expenses for travel to Chile and accommodation at the observatory.
Applicants are encouraged to consider pooling their requests and/or
allocations in order to minimise the amount and cost of travel.



Proposals for GSAOI observations on the Gemini South telescope in Semester
2020B (1 Aug 2020 - 31 January 2021) are due by


*5:00pm AEST, Monday 6 April 2020.*



How to apply


Gemini proposals must be submitted using the 2020B release of the Phase I
Tool (PIT) that can be downloaded from:


Please use the following page for a step-by-step guide and tutorials for
submission of proposals using the Phase I Tool: 



For information about GSAOI and full details on instrument status, please



as well as the official Gemini Observatory Call for Proposals at:




For more information contact the ATAC Secretariat:


Street Address:

AAO - Macquarie University
105 Delhi Rd, North Ryde NSW 2113


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Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer
Program Manager

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