Internal JMU TAG Call for Proposals for Semester 2011A1730 BST 9 September 2010
Time available and deadline
The deadline for submission is 15 October 2010. The time available to eligible applicants allocated by the next JMU-TAG meeting will be about 180 hours for 11A, 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, 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).
- FrodoSpec is an IFU spectrograph using an input array consisting of a 12 x 12 lenslet array (approx. 10x10 arcsec 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 7x7 arcmin field of view. An e2V frame transfer detector is used to obtain a cycle time of less than 1 second.
- RINGO2 is a fast readout imaging polarimeter. Filter 460-720nm, field of view 4x4 arcmin.
Note that all instruments are now designated common user, but potential users are welcome to contact LT Support Astronomers Robert Smith or Jon Marchant directly, to discuss the capability of the instrument and feasibility of the observing programme well before submitting an observing proposal.
Information on the instruments is available at: https://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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