Call for Proposals for theNASA Infrared Telescope Facility
DEADLINE: Friday 01 April 2011
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Observing Proposals
Due date for the 2011B semester (August 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012) is Friday, April 1, 2011. See http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php for our online submission form. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 1-5 micron cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500); (2) CSHELL, a 1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph (up to R=40,000); (3) MIRSI, a 5 to 25 micron camera and low-resolution spectrometer (R=100 to 200), (4) NSFCAM2, a 2048X2048 pixel, 1-5 micron camera with a 0.04"/pixel scale (40"x40" field-of-view) and a circular variable filter; and (5) PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron spectrograph and high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns. Information on available instruments can be found at: http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/Facility/ .
Important notice: NSFCAM2 will be taken off line on Oct. 1, 2011, to install a new infrared array. We expect it to be available starting in semester 2012A (Feb. 1, 2012 - July 31, 2012). Near-infrared imaging is suitable for some projects with the SpeX slit viewer which has 0.12"/pixel and a 60"x60" field-of-view.
In addition we anticipate that SpeX will be taken off line on Aug. 1, 2012, and will be unavailable for the entire 2012B semester (Aug. 1, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013). This is necessary to upgrade SpeX with new arrays and array controllers. We strongly recommend observers to plan their observing accordingly. We also expect to accommodate key projects requiring large amounts of observing time using CSHELL, NSFCAM2, MIRSI, MORIS, and visitor instruments.