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New Items for Semester 2014B

New Phase 1 Tool (PIT)

The Phase I Tool (PIT) has been revised for 2014B; see the PIT page for downloads and the help pages for the PIT for further information.

The only major change in the 2014B PIT is the inclusion of support for Large and Long Program proposals. Additional support for new and visiting instruments has also been added.


As in recent semesters:

  • PIs are strongly encouraged to include or attach representative ITC output to the submitted pdf.
  • A single proposal, with the same science goal, can request any combination of the instruments available at either telescope. The PI and TAC are not able to specify the time required at each telescope however, and so PIs are requested to make this clear in their Technical Case, and it would be helpful at the ITAC in the NTACs specify the time recommend at each telescope using the NTAC comments area in the PIT.
  • As part of the Band 3 Information section, applicable PIs have been asked to give the Band 3 request for each partner and/or telescope, if the Band 3 allocation request is different from their standard request.

 

 

Exchange Time

A minimum of 5 classical nights are available on Subaru in semester 2014B. Instrument availability is summarized in the Gemini 2014B Call, as well as the Subaru 14B Call. In 14B, PIs in the Gemini community who intend to use the Subaru telescope are encouraged to apply through the time-exchange program and not through the open use Subaru Call. Similarly, Subaru request that Japanese PIs with direct access to Gemini not request time on Gemini via the Subaru exchange program.

No Keck exchange time is offered in 2014B.

 

Target Accessibility

General target accessibility limits for 2014B are, for Gemini North 17 < RA hours < 13.5 and -37 < dec degrees < +90, and for Gemini South 16 < RA < 12 and -90 < dec < +28. There are additional constraints if a program requires unrestricted access (e.g. MOS pre-imaging, long observations or observations with strict constraints), or the laser AO system at Gemini North or South. GPI also has additional declination restrictions, due to a maximum zenith distance of 40 degrees. GPI targets are also further restricted in RA due to commissioning work at the start of the semester. Due to engineering work, GNIRS will not be available until October 6th, and has additional restrictions in RA. The visitor instruments at Gemini North, DSSI and TEXES, also also further restricted in RA, based on their limited availability.

 

Gemini Instrumentation

Michelle, T-ReCS, and NICI have been retired.

In the North,

  • The visitor instruments TEXES and DSSI/Speckle are offered in 2014B.
  • GNIRS will not be available until October 6th, to allow for engineering work.
  • As in semester 2014A, the R600 grating is not offered for GMOS-North queue programs and is only available for classically-scheduled programs.

In the South,