Call for Proposals for the
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

DEADLINE: Wednesday 01 October 2008

Important Announcement for Applications of Observing Time Use new ONLINE application form

Proposals for observing time on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility for the February 1 through July 31, 2009 semester are due Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 5:00 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time.

See our Web site for our new ONLINE submission form. Please note that we allow only ONE PAGE each for the Scientific Justification and the Technical Justification. You may include one additional page for figures and tables. Submit these as a pdf attachment via the online form.

Observers should read the information on the current IRTF instrument complement and also on the visitor instruments that are 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.

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.