AAT Call for Reserved Time Proposals – Semester 2023B

Vertical Milky Way over the AAT
Vertical Milky Way over the AAT. Credit: Ángel R. López-Sánchez.

A new Call for Reserved Time Proposals for the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) has been issued for Semester 2023B (1 August 2023 – 31 January 2024).

The proposal deadline is 24 March 2023, at 17:00 Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC + 11 hrs).

NOTE: The Call for Proposals for the AAT has changed. Please read these instructions carefully. The AAT will issue two separate calls in each observing semester, the Call for Reserved Time followed by the Call for Shared Time. For further information, please read the proposal web page or email any questions to [email protected].

Only astronomers and researchers affiliated with Partner institutions can be listed on proposals requesting reserved and shared time.

Partners for 2023B are the Australian National University, Macquarie University, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, University of Swinburne, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania and Western Sydney University.

Night Availability

Each Partner institution has a different number of nights that can be allocated for the reserved time proposals.

Proposals for reserved time must be approved by the Partner institute of the PI and all other Partner institutions involved in the proposal before the proposals are submitted to the AAT’s online application system Lens. Each proposal must list the requested Reserved time for all Partner institutions in the table provided in Lens.

The rules for submitting proposals for reserved time differ for each institute. These details are available on request to the institute contacts, which are listed on the proposal web page.

Instrument Availability

Available AAT instruments include: 2dF+AAOmega, 2dF+HERMES, Hector, KOALA and Veloce.  

It is anticipated that Hector will be provisionally accepted in late 2023B and will be offered on a shared-risk basis until it reaches full acceptance.

Veloce will undergo a major upgrade with the installation of the Veloce Azzurro and Verde arms in 2023A. It will be offered in shared risks mode 2023B, contingent on successful commissioning in late 2023A. See the Veloce pages for details on the new arms and performance.

AAOmega will be unavailable for 6 weeks in 2023B. The LN2 cans of the cameras are being replaced.

Additional instrumentation status information and updates are available on the AAT instrumentation website.

How to Apply for AAT Reserved Time

All applicants are encouraged to check the ATAC Policies and Procedures, latest Instrumentation Status for the AAT and recent Policy Announcements. In particular, the policies in regard to Shared time have changed.

For further clarification on any issue, please contact the ATAC Technical Secretary.

Please see the proposal web page for all other important information related to this Call.

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