Proposals for this time should be submitted through the NOAO proposal form. The proposals will be reviewed by the NOAO TAC, and the successful proposals submitted to the AAO for scheduling. Note also that proposals for AAT time through the regular AAT open call, submitted by the AAO deadline of 15 September 2017 at 17:00 (AEDT) using the AAO form, are also encouraged by the AAO. These will be assessed only by the Australian Time Assignment Committee.
3.1 Facilities List
3.2 Telescope and Instrument Lists (with Instrument Proposal Code and Web-link)
GMOS-N: Gemini Optical Imager, Multi-Object Spectrograph and IFU
GNIRS: Gemini Near Infra-Red Spectrograph
GNIRS + Altair: Gemini Near Infra-Red Spectrograph with NGS, LGS, or LGS+PWFS1 AO systems (Altair)
NIFS: Near-IR IFU Spectrograph
NIFS + Altair: Near-IR IFU Spectrograph with NGS, LGS, or LGS+PWFS1 AO systems (Altair)
NIRI: Near-Infrared Imager
NIRI + Altair: Near-IR Imager with NGS, LGS, LGS+PWFS1 AO systems
'Alopeke: Speckle Camera (visiting instrument)
GRACES: Gemini Remote Access to CFHT ESPaDOnS Spectrograph (visiting instrument)
POLISH-2: High-precision optical polarimeter (visiting instrument)
FLAMINGOS-2: Near-Infrared Wide Field Imager and Spectrometer (imaging and longslit modes only)
GMOS-S: Gemini Optical Imager, Multi-Object Spectrograph and IFU
GPI: Gemini Planet Imager
GSAOI/GeMS: Gemini Adaptive Optics Imager with Multi-Conjugate AO System
DSSI: Speckle Camera (visiting Instrument)
Phoenix: High-Resolution Near-IR Echelle Spectrometer (visiting instrument)
Subaru (Gemini Exchange time)
COMICS: Cooled Mid-IR Camera and Spectrometer
FOCAS: Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph
HDS: High Dispersion Spectrograph
HSC: Hyper Suprime-Cam Wide-Field Optical Imager
IRCS: IR Camera and Spectrograph
IRCS+AO188: IRCS + Natural and Laser Guide Star AO
MOIRCS: Multi-Object IR Camera and Spectrograph
CTIO 4m Blanco
DECam: Wide-Field Optical Imager
COSMOS: CTIO Ohio State Multi-Object Spectrograph
Goodman: Goodman Spectrograph
SOI: SOAR Optical Imager
Spartan: Spartan IR Imager
SAM: SOAR Adaptive Module
HRCAM: High-Resolution Camera
SAMHR: SAM + HRCAM
SIFS: SOAR Integral Field Spectrograph
ODI: One Degree Imager (40' x 48' focal plane)
HYDRB: Hydra + Bench Spectrograph + STA1 CCD, Blue camera
HYDRR: Hydra + Bench Spectrograph + STA1 CCD, Red camera
SPSPKB: SparsePak Fiber Array + Bench Spectrograph + STA1 CCD, Blue camera
SPSPKR: SparsePak Fiber Array + Bench Spectrograph + STA1 CCD, Red camera
WHIRC: WIYN High Resolution IR Camera
GRDPK: GradPak IFU
HEXPK: HexPak IFU
NESSI: NASA Exoplanet Star (and) Speckle Imager
Large Binocular Telescope
LBC: Large Binocular Cameras, Red and Blue
LUCI: LBT Utility Cameras in the Infrared
MODS: Multi-Object Double Spectrographs
CLASSIC: IR (H or K) Imaging
CLIMB: IR (H or K) Imaging
JouFLU: K-band Imaging
MIRC: Low-resolution H-band Spectroscopy
PAVO: Low-resolution Optical Spectroscopy
VEGA: Medium-resolution and High-resolution Optical Spectroscopy
LCO-2m Global Network
Spectral: Optical Imager
FLOYDS: Cross-dispersed Low-resolution Spectrograph
LCO-1m Global Network
Sinistro: Optical Imager
NRES: High-resolution Fiber-fed Echelle Spectrograph
AAT 3.9m (CTIO time exchange)
AAOmega+2DF: Fiber-fed Optical Spectrograph
AAOmega+KOALA: 1000-element Optical IFU
AAOmega+SAMI: 13 IFU fiber bundles over a 1-degree field
HERMES+2DF: High Efficiency and Resolution Multi-Element Spectrograph
IRIS2: 1.0-2.5 micron Infrared Imager and Longslit/Multi-slit Spectrograph
Veloce: Stabilized High-Resolution (R~80000) Echelle Spectrograph
CHIRON: High-resolution Fiber-fed Cross-dispersed Echelle Spectrograph for Precision RV
ANDI+CCDIR: Cass Direct + CCD/IR Queue Service
CFIM+T2K: Cass Direct + SITe 2K CCD
HDI: Half-Degree Imager
4. News and Updates for Semester 2018B
The following updatess to instrumentation at all facilities available through NOAO are noted here to alert investigators preparing proposals.
Gemini North and South
The Gemini Observatory has released a Call for Proposals for 2018B at:
The Gemini Call contains all of the information necessary to submit a Gemini proposal.
Proposers requesting Gemini time must use the Gemini Phase-I Tool (PIT):
The Gemini Phase I Tool (PIT) will automatically add the time for the baseline partner calibrations to the total time requested for each target in the proposal.
Gemini and Subaru are continuing their time-exchange program. A desired minimum of five classically-scheduled nights will be available to the Gemini community, providing that there is sufficient demand from both sides of the exchange. Please see the Gemini call for proposals for more information. Proposers requesting Subaru time must use the Gemini Phase-I Tool (PIT).
Zwicky Transient Facility and shared-risk ANTARES event brokering
The NSF MSIP-funded Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) is currently planning to begin issuing public transient alerts sometime in advance of the start of the 2018B observing semester. The two ZTF public surveys
) are (1) an all-sky survey with a three-night cadence and (2) a Galactic-plane survey with a nightly cadence. Both these surveys are expected to reach approximate point-source depths of r = 20.4 and g = 21.0. Further information can be found through the ZTF project website
For 2018B, NOAO encourages submission of proposals for “target-of-opportunity” (ToO) follow-up observing triggered by ZTF alerts. Proposals should plan to use the current ToO policies and mechanisms for the facilities allocated through the NOAO TAC. More information about current ToO policies and procedures at available open-access facilities can be found here:
Gemini Target of Opportunity observing:
CTIO Target of Opportunity observing:
SOAR Target of Opportunity observing
Las Cumbres Observatory scheduling (including ToO)
NOAO plans to offer limited filtering of ZTF alerts through the ANTARES event broker system (https://www.noao.edu/ANTARES/documents.php
) in a shared-risk/science-verification mode of operation. For 2018B, ANTARES capabilities are likely to be limited to positional and/or catalog-based filters with associated delta-magnitude thresholds. Proposers interested in employing these ANTARES capabilities within their programs during 2018B are encouraged to contact Dr. Tom Matheson (email@example.com
) in advance of the proposal deadline. Support for ANTARES science verification programs will be subject to availability of resources; depending on demand during this initial call, it is possible that only a subset of programs will be chosen for use with ANTARES.
The Mayall 4-m telescope has been taken out of service for installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). No more time will be available through the NOAO TAC.
Instruments offered at WIYN include the upgraded ODI, now with a 48'x40' focal plane. Other facility instruments on offer are HYDRA, the IFUs (SparsePak, HexPak, and GradPak), WHIRC (with or without WTTM), and the queue-operated speckle imager NESSI. Observers wishing to use Hexpak or Gradpak in 2018A should contact the PI (Matthew Bershady) at firstname.lastname@example.org
before submitting a proposal to use these IFUs.
Note to ODI proposers: the smaller Mosaic filters will no longer be available with ODI due to the full complement of permanently mounted, large ODI filters. There is also an additional narrow band filter (NB422), with two more expected this summer.
: KPNO offers remote observing for selected programs in 2018B. If you are interested in this opportunity, please see the requirements for observing remotely at http://www.noao.edu/kpno/remote.html
. If you are requesting remote observing, please make a note of this in the "Scheduling constraints and non-usable dates" section that appears at the bottom of the first page of the NOAO proposal form and include any additional details in the "Technical Description" text of your observing run.
Instruments avasilable: In 2018B, CTIO will be offering the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) and the Cerro Tololo Ohio State Multi-Object Spectrograph (COSMOS). The Astronomy Research with the Cornell Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (ARCoIRIS) is in the process of being relocated to SOAR. See the SOAR section for news on its availability on SOAR.
Nights available in 2018B: The Dark Energy Survey (DES) has been granted a total of 52 equivalent nights during 2018B (referred to as Y5.5) to complete their survey. As in previous B-semesters during the DES, these nights will be concentrated in October and November, plus 2nd half nights in September and 1st half nights in December. In addition, the DECals Survey has been granted 35 equivalent nights in September-November. Together these two surveys use all of the dark and grey time during October, November, and the first week of December. This leaves 47 nights available for allocation by the NOAO TAC, concentrated at the beginning and end of the semester.
The SOAR website is located at:
There are significant changes is what SOAR is offering, starting in 2018B; these are described below.
A second camera for the Goodman spectrograph is now available, which incorporates a deep-depletion e2v CCD with better red performance (but somewhat inferior UV performance). Please see the Goodman page at SOAR, or the SOAR home page, for further details. It is now considered the preferred configuration for anyone who does not worry about UV response. Users are restricted to one camera on a given night, but do not need to commit to a specific camera when writing the proposal. Observers should note that the Goodman red camera may be preferred to SOI for many imaging programs, especially those that rely on observations in the red/near-infrared, where the Goodman detector has much better fringing properties than SOI (or Goodman blue).
All instruments that were available in the previous semester are current available. There are additional constraints on two of them:
The SOAR Integral Field Spectrograph (SIFS) has passed though science verification. However, because calibrations and data reduction require direct support from Brazil, its use will be restricted to 2 runs of 6 nights each (assuming sufficient demand). The NOAO share of this time, assuming all SOAR partners request time, would be 3.6 nights. Requests for NOAO time should be made through the TAC. See the SOAR website (http://www.ctio.noao.edu/soar/content/soar-integral-field-spectrograph-sifs
) for details on the available configurations and on instrument performance.
When in doubt, consult the SOAR webpages:
Perspective users are reminded that:
SOAR does support target of opportunity proposals
. To make life easier for all involved, include "ToO Proposal" in your proposal title. See http://www.ctio.noao.edu/soar/content/proposing-soar
for the overall SOAR ToO policy. The policy has been revised slightly for 2018B, to allow more interrupts to be allocated.
SOAR supports allocations in half-night pieces, subject to scheduling constraints. Again, see the "Proposing for SOAR" page for a discussion.
In addition, NEW FOR 2018B, SOAR is now supporting a limited amount of service observing for small proposals (total duration 2.5 hours or less). The NOAO allocation for such proposals will not exceed 1 night per month. Further details are outlined on the “Proposing for SOAR” page. Please include “Service Observing” in your proposal title. Initially, only a limited subset of Goodman Spectrograph configurations are being offered through service observing.
Upcoming instrument commissioning and science verification. We currently expect to be performing science verification (SV) on both the STELES echelle spectrograph and TripleSpec 4.1 (ex-ARCoIRIS, transferred from Blanco). STELES SV is expected to occur first. We will announce SV opportunities on the SOAR website; if you are interested in either instrument you can also contact the local instrument scientist (Andrei Tokovinin for STELES, Sean Points for TSPec 4.1).
Time on the small telescopes at CTIO will be available to NOAO users in 2018A via the usual proposal process. The telescopes are operated by the SMARTS consortium with up to 15% of time available to the NOAO community.
The 0.9m + CFCCD is available in user mode only. It is being operated on a part time basis (operating on up to 60% of nights), during the 2018B semester. As a result up to 18 nights will be available for allocation by the NOAO TAC For more information on the 0.9m, please contact Dr. Todd Henry at email@example.com.
The 1.3m + ANDICAM
(dual channel optical/IR imager) is available in queue/service mode only. The 1.3-m telescope is used primarily for monitoring projects; thus, programs are scheduled in non-contiguous segments of an hour or less with a limit of three hours total within any given night. For inquiries about scheduling or 1.3m + ANDICAM observing capabilities, please contact the SMARTS 1.3m queue manager Bryndis Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org
. For any other inquiries about the 1.3m, please contact Charles Bailyn at email@example.com
Non-sidereal tracking is no longer supported as service or queue observing. The only option for non-sidereal is user time on the 0.9m.
The 1.5m + CHIRON (fiber-fed cross-dispersed echelle). It is being operated on a part time basis (operating on up to 60% of nights) during the 2018B semester. We anticipate that between 100-150 hrs will be available for scheduling by the NOAO TAC; For more information on the 1.5m, please contact Dr. Todd Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. How to Acknowledge Use of NOAO Facilities
There are a variety of credit lines which are appropriate for citing the use of data from one or more of the NOAO facilities. Please acknowledge the proper observatories by using the appropriate credit line as discussed below.
NOAO generic press release
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) consists of Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory near La Serena, Chile, and the NOAO System Science Center. NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Observers should also note their NOAO proposal ID and observing dates in their publications either in a footnote, or in the observations section or acknowledgments sections of their papers.
Visitors are asked to add a Kitt Peak byline on the title page, as a footnote to the author, that reads:
Visiting Astronomer, Kitt Peak National Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
NOAO staff members are asked to add a footnote after their names on the title page that reads: Kitt Peak National Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
In addition to the Kitt Peak credit line, Case Western Reserve University has requested that a special acknowledgement be included on papers resulting from observations obtained with the Burrell Schmidt telescope:
Observations made with the Burrell Schmidt of the Warner and Swasey Observatory, Case Western Reserve University.
In addition to the Kitt Peak Credit line, the WIYN Observatory Corporation has requested that the following acknowledgement be included in any paper using WIYN data. The acknowledgement should be included as a footnote on the title page. The WIYN Board also encourages the mention of WIYN in the title or abstract of the paper:
The WIYN Observatory is a joint facility of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
For publications resulting from NN-EXPLORE telescope time, please include this text: "Data presented herein were obtained at the WIYN Observatory from telescope time allocated to NN-EXPLORE through the scientific partnership of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory."
It is expected that visiting observers making use of CTIO facilities will utilize the observations they obtain for the preparation of a publication describing their research activity. Publications by visiting observers should carry the following credit lines:
Visiting astronomer, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, which are operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, under contract with the National Science Foundation.
Visiting observers who use CTIO facilities for only a small part of a larger program should include suitable acknowledgement to the Observatory in their publication or dissertation.
To properly acknowledge the use of data obtained with the SOAR telescope in publications, whether partially or entirely based on SOAR data, please include an asterisk by the paper title referring to a footnote stating:
"Based on observations obtained at the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope, which is a joint project of the Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, e Inovação (MCTI) da República Federativa do Brasil, the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and Michigan State University (MSU)."
Papers containing data from the Gemini telescopes (e.g., an ApJ paper) should include the following general acknowledgment as a footnote on the first page or in the last section before the references:
Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia (Brazil) and Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina).
If appropriate, please also acknowledge the provision of visiting instrument(s) as described in the relevant "documents" web pages for that instrument.
Authors are also asked to give the identification number ("Program ID") of the program(s) under which their data were obtained, e.g. GN-2004A-Q-10, or GS-2003B-C- 1, or GN-2002B-SV-78 or GS-2005A-DD-96. We recommend that this reference to the Program ID be made in the acknowledgement section at the end of the paper or in the Observations section of the paper.
Please acknowledge NSF-TSIP support by including the following in all publications relating to TSIP observing time (preferably as a footnote on the title page): “[Keck, MMT, or Magellan] telescope time was granted by NOAO, through the Telescope System Instrumentation Program (TSIP). TSIP is funded by NSF.” Observers should also note their NOAO proposal ID and observing dates in their publications either in the same footnote, or in the observations section or acknowledgments sections of their papers.
In addition for Keck time, please include the standard Keck acknowledgements at http://www2.keck.hawaii.edu/observing/keck_authors.html
Any publication that results from NOAO-allocated time on the 200-inch Hale telescope should acknowledge the NSF/NOAO ReSTAR program, in addition to a Hale/Palomar acknowledgment. The requested wording for ReSTAR acknowledgements is:
"This material is based upon work supported by AURA through the National Science Foundation under AURA Cooperative Agreement AST 0132798 as amended."