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Call for 06B JMU Proposals

updated 1130 BST 26 April 2006

The Liverpool 2.0 metre fully robotic telescope sited at Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma, Canary Islands is now accepting proposals for Semester 06B (1st August 2006 to 31st January 2007) addressed to the JMU telescope allocation committee.  Full details of the telescope, instrumentation and proposal submission are given in the Phase 1 instructions here. Please note that the PI must be a member of the ARI staff, an ARI postdoc or an ARI student.

Time available and deadline

The time available to applicants through JMU is 100 hours.

Update 1130BST 26th April:
Due to pressure of current deadlines etc, it has been decided to postpone the LT internal deadline until 10th May.

Instrument availability

The instruments available are RATCAM, SupIRCAM and RINGO.

Telescope performance

The current rms pointing of the LT is 6 arcsec.  An additional set of encoders have been fitted to the secondary mirror (M2). Initial results are very encouraging.  It is expected that for 2006B, rms pointing will be 3 arcsec.

Currently, the highest priority for the LT technical group is provision of an autoguider for the telescope. ARI plan by June 2006 to have a working autoguider available for use on the LT. Programmes requiring the autoguider can be scheduled for 2006B. The recommended maximum exposure time for unguided exposures is 120 seconds. The maximum exposure for guided exposures is expected to be 30 minutes and are expected to provide seeing-limited images.

We welcome applications for all available observing modes, conditions and RA ranges, particularly those that take advantage of the robotic nature of the LT.

Dr. Toby Moore
Chair, JMU Telescope Allocation Committe