Call for Proposals for the
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

DEADLINE: Tuesday 01 April 2008

Proposals for observing time on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility for the August 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009 semester are due Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 5:00 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time.

See our web site for instructions. Please submit your observing time application using the latest version (rev. Aug. 2007). Postscript or Portable Document Format (PDF) files may be submitted by anonymous FTP transfer to the IRTF following the instructions.

Observers should read the information on the current IRTF instrument complement and also on the visitor instruments, available on a collaborative basis. Facility instruments include: SpeX (1-5 micron spectrograph), NSFCAM2 (1-5 micron, 2048 x 2048 HgCdTe array camera), and CSHELL (1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph).

Collaborative PI/Facility Instrument: MIRSI (8-26 micron camera and grism spectrometer; contact James Jackson at, or Eric Tollestrup at MIRSI proposers are encouraged, but not required, to collaborate with the MIRSI team. Publications resulting from the use of MIRSI shall include the MIRSI team as co-authors.

Visitor instruments (available on a collaborative basis with the instrument team) include: 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, HIPWAC (9-12 micron heterodyne spectrometer; contact Ted Kostiuk at

Remote observing is available with SpeX, NSFCAM2, CSHELL and MIRSI. Important Notice: Remote observing requests must be made in the proposal application - later requests will be considered if requested at least ONE MONTH ahead of time. 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 First-time users should plan to work in Manoa, Hilo or at the summit for their first run 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 a successful remote observing connection on short notice since we have no control of hardware and software compatibility on the user's side.

To keep our bibliography up to date, and to insure future funding of IRTF instruments, we ask that you send us your latest publications or update your publications list using our website Bibliography page. Please include in your paper the name of the instrument used.