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Lowell 0.6-m Telescope to be Mothballed (1Mar96) (from CTIO, NOAO Newsletter No. 45, March 1996) For many years now, the Lowell 0.6-m telescope at CTIO has seen very limited use. Over the last three years, the average number of proposals received for this telescope has been two per semester, and the total number of nights scheduled by the TAC has been 20 per semester (i.e., only 11% of the total number of nights available). The Lowell is one of two telescopes at CTIO dedicated to single-channel photoelectric photometry--the other being the 1.0-m Yale telescope. Since the Yale telescope typically is also undersubscribed (the ratio of nights requested to the total available has averaged 0.8 over the last three years), there seems little point in continuing to maintain both telescopes in operation--especially in view of the ever-increasing pressure on the CTIO operations budget. Hence, as of 1 February of this year, the Lowell telescope will be officially put into mothballs. This means that the telescope will no longer be open for use by the general community. Proposals that would have requested the Lowell should in the future be written for the Yale telescope. Consistent with our original agreement with Lowell Observatory, CTIO will continue to support operation of the 0.6-m for occasional observing runs by Lowell Observatory staff using their own instruments. Malcolm Smith, Mark Phillips
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