Caty Pilachowski and Jeannette Barnes
About 27 nights per year of observing time on the MMT Observatory 6.5-m telescope are available to the astronomical community through the NOAO proposal process, under an agreement with the National Science Foundation. The first Public Access visitors will be scheduled this spring for proposals that received time during the last proposal call. All observing will be carried out in classical mode. Proposals for the period from 1 August 2000 through 31 January 2001 are due on 31 March 2000 (note that the month of August is traditionally reserved for major telescope maintenance projects). Proposals should be submitted through NOAO using the standard NOAO proposal form. Proposals will be reviewed by the NOAO TAC, and those approved will be forwarded to the MMT for scheduling (approximately 20% more proposals will be forwarded than can be scheduled to allow for block scheduling, conflicts in dates, etc). Because of the limited support provided by the MMTO, access to the telescope will be restricted to experienced observers --- check our MMT Web page for details (http://www.noao.edu/gateway/mmt/). See also accompanying articles in this Newsletter for information on how to apply for time on the MMT.