Call for Proposals for the
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

DEADLINE: Wednesday 01 October 2003

Proposals for observing time on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility for the February 1, 2004 through July 31, 2004 semester are due Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 5:00 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time.

See our web site for instructions. Please submit your proposals using this latest version (rev. July 2003). Postscript or Portable Document Format (PDF) files may be submitted by anonymous FTP transfer to the IRTF following the instructions.

Please note that we now allow only ONE PAGE for the Scientific Justification.

Tip-tilt is no longer available.

Remote observing from Hilo, Hale Pohaku, or your own office is available with SpeX, NSFCAM and CSHELL. If you wish to observe from your home institution, you MUST comply with the requirements for video conferencing and instrument operation provided on the Remote Observers Information page. New users of SpeX, NSFCAM and CSHELL should plan to observe from the summit for their first run to work with their support astronomer and become familiar with the instrument operation. Observers already familiar with the instrument and who want to observe remotely from their home institution are strongly encouraged to contact Miranda Hawarden-Ogata ( to set up a test of the video link and user interface at least one month prior to their observing run. We cannot guarantee remote observing on short notice since we have no control of hardware and software compatibility on the user's side.

Observers should read the information on the current IRTF instrument complement and visitor instruments, available on a collaborative basis.

Facility instruments include: SpeX (1-5 micron spectrograph), NSFCAM (1-5 micron camera), and CSHELL (1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph). Note that NSFCAM will not be available during April -- August 2004 for a major upgrade to a 2K x 2K array. However, the SpeX slit viewer is available for imaging. See the SpeX web page for available filters and details. The AO system will not be available this semester.

Other instruments that are available on a collaborative basis with the instrument team include: MIRSI (8-26 micron camera; contact Joseph Hora (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA at, TEXES (5-20 micron high-resolution spectrograph; contact Matt Richter at for more information), BASS (3-14 micron spectrometer; contact David Lynch at, CELESTE (5-25 micron echelle spectrometer; contact Don Jennings at, and HIPWAC (9-12 micron heterodyne spectrometer; contact Ted Kostiuk at

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