Call for Proposals for the
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

DEADLINE: Thursday 01 October 2015

NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Observing Proposals. The due date for the 2016A semester (February 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016) is Thursday, October 1, 2015. See our online submission form, which is available for proposal submission from 12:00AM on September 01, 2015 until 5:00PM on October 01, 2015 HST. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 1 – 5 micron cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500) and imager; (2) CSHELL, a 1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph (up to R=40,000); (3) MORIS, a 512x512 pixel Andor CCD camera (60"x60" field-of-view) mounted at the side-facing window of the SpeX cryostat that can be used simultaneously with SpeX; and (4) PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron spectrograph and a 8-25 micron high-resolution spectrograph. Information on available instruments and performance can be found at:

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 Ray Russell at, CELESTE (5-25 micron echelle spectrometer; contact Don Jennings at and HIPWAC (9-12 micron heterodyne spectrometer; contact Ted Kostiuk at

Remote observing is available with SpeX, CSHELL, and MORIS.

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. It is the responsibility of the PI to provide up to date observing contact information.

To keep our bibliography up to date, and to ensure future funding of the IRTF, we ask that you send us citations to your latest IRTF publications. You can check your publications using our website bibliography page for refereed papers:

Please send to Bobby Bus ( any missing references, and please continue to include in your paper the acknowledgement to the IRTF and the name of the instrument used.