NOAO provides access to time on a large range of facilities, including its own telescopes at KPNO and CTIO, partnership telescopes such as WIYN, SOAR, and Gemini, and private telescopes through arrangements made as part of TSIP or ReSTAR. Proposals are solicited twice per year, with proposals due on the last Thursday in March (for semester Aug 1 – Jan 31) and September (for semester Feb 1 – July 31). For NOAO and partnership telescopes, NOAO staff support all aspects of the interface with proposers and observers, including assistance with proposals, support at the telescope, and support for data reduction. For private telescopes, NOAO staff support the proposal process and then facilitate a smooth handoff to observatory personnel.

Last updated or reviewed May 27, 2014.