Call for Proposals for the
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

DEADLINE: Monday 03 April 2006

Proposals for observing time on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility for the August 1, 2006 through January 31, 2007 semester are due Monday, April 3, 2006, 5:00 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time.

See our web site for instructions. Please submit your proposals using the latest version (rev. Feb. 2006). Postscript or Portable Document Format (PDF) files may be submitted by anonymous FTP transfer to the IRTF following the instructions.

Please note that we allow only ONE PAGE of text for the Scientific Justification and one page for figures and tables. 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), NSFCAM2 (1-5 micron, 2048 x2048 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 coauthors. Visitor instruments (available on a collaborative basis with the instrument team) include: TEXES (5-20 micron highresolution 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 from Hilo, Hale Pohaku, or your own office is available with SpeX, NSFCAM2, CSHELL and MIRSI. 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, NSFCAM2 and CSHELL should plan to observe from the summit or from Hilo 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.

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's Bibliography page. Please include in your paper the name of the instrument used.