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NOAO Newsletter - Observational Programs - June 2000 - Number 62


Proposals Received for Semester 2000B

Todd Boroson

The recent 2000B proposal deadline marked the first occasion that Gemini North and Hobby-Eberly were included in the facilities for which NOAO received proposals. A total of 423 proposals were received for all telescopes, including 17 proposals for Chilean time on CTIO telescopes, which were forwarded to a Chilean TAC. The remaining 406 proposals included 78 for Gemini North, 13 for Hobby-Eberly, and 8 for the MMT. Forty-three of the proposals asked for time on more than one telescope, with 28 of these asking for time at more than one site--most often KPNO and CTIO.

The oversubscription rates for the large telescopes were in the range from 3 to 4, except for Gemini North, which had an oversubscription rate of more than 6. Only a limited amount of time, 17.5 nights, will be available to US proposers for Gemini North in Semester 2000B. The Gemini proposals were divided approximately evenly between Hokupa'a/QUIRC, the U. Hawaii AO-corrected near-IR imager, and OSCIR, the U. Florida mid-IR imager/spectrograph. Nights requested in the Gemini North proposals ranged from 2.5 to 50 hours.

Included in the total were 17 proposals to begin new survey projects. Up to twenty percent of the time on all telescopes (except Gemini North in this semester) is being made available for large projects that will make useful, uniform databases available to the community on a short timescale. Although the exact oversubscription rate is more difficult to evaluate, this represents a healthy demand for the nights remaining after the allocation to the five ongoing survey programs (see "2000B Observing Request Statistics" article at the end of this section).


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