US National Gemini Office

The US NGO main goal is to support US Gemini Users in the phases of the astronomical observing cycle, from proposal preparation through data analysis. This page is the main portal to all information needed in the different phases, explaining and connecting to specific Gemini web pages, where users can find definitive contents on instruments and modes. In addition, this page contains tools for data reduction and analysis for the entire Gemini community.  All Gemini Users are encouraged to contact us with questions and comments.




  • OCTOCAM has been selected as the Gen4#3 instrument.  It is scheduled to be available at GS for LSST followup.  The Feasibility Study (205 pages) is available here.
  • Hamamatsu CCDs have been installed at Gemini North.  First use was March 26, 2017.  Final characterization is underway.  Users with Hamamatsu data should keep in touch with their contact scientist.  
  • Phase I/II driving you crazy?  Become proactive.  A rewrite project has started.  Watch fo opportunities to submit input or send email to Bryan Miller at Gemini.
  • PROGRAMS PAY OVERHEAD CHARGES IN 2017B.  Details can be found in the 2017B call for proposals.  The PIT calculates the overhead charge.  
  • ITAC meets June 1.   email concerning TAC decisions follows by a few weeks.

Post-data acquisition sites


Who We Are

  Dave Bell at NOAO supports Phase I.

Last updated or reviewed May 4, 2017.