Internal JMU TAG Call for 2010B Proposals1500 GMT 18 March 2010
Time available and deadline
The deadline for submission is 15 April 2010. The time available to eligible applicants allocated by the next JMU-TAG meeting will be about 220 hours for 10B, including over-allocation.
Applications are submitted in two phases:
Phase 1 - Science Definition
Phase 1 proposals are sent to the TAG outlining the science case for observation. See telescope.livjm.ac.uk/PropInst/phase1.php for instructions on how to prepare and submit your Phase 1 proposal. Please be sure to specify a "Minimum Usable Fraction" (MUF - see below).
Phase 2 - Observation Specification Phase
Successful proposals are entered into the observing queue with one of three rankings:
The instruments available are RATCam, SupIRCAM, FrodoSpec, RISE and RINGO2.
- RATCam is an optical CCD camera with a 4.6 x 4.6 arcmin field of view (0.135 arcsec/pixel unbinned).
- SupIRCAM is an infrared camera operating at J or H band with a 1.7 x 1.7 arcmin field of view (0.4 arcsec/pixel).
- FrodoSpec is the new IFU spectrograph using an input array consisting of an 11 x 11 lenslet array (0.93'' x 0.93'' each, i.e., 10'' x 10'' field of view). The wavelength coverage is 3800-10000Å at R~2400 in one exposure (using two beams), or using reduced wavelength coverage in each beam at R~5400.
- RISE is a fast-readout camera. It has a fixed "V+R" filter and reimaging optics giving a 7 x 7 arcmin field of view. An e2V frame transfer detector is used to obtain a cycle time of less than 1 second.
- RINGO2 is fast readout imaging polarimeter. Filter 460-720nm, Field of View 4 x 4 arcmin.
RINGO2 is currently an expert user instrument. Potential users should contact the LT Support Astronomer directly to discuss the capability of the instrument and feasibility of the observing programme before submitting an observing proposal. You are welcome to contact the support astronomer for other instruments as well.
Information on the instruments is available at: http://telescope.livjm.ac.uk/TelInst/Inst/
The current rms pointing of the LT is 6 arcsec.
The current tracking performance provides seeing-limited images (FWHM < 0.8 arcsec) for exposures up to 1 minute without the auto-guider (open loop) and up to 30 minutes with the auto-guider (closed loop). Individual exposures with the auto-guider are limited to 30 minutes.
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