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NOAO Policy for Target-of-Opportunity Observing Programs in NOAO-Scheduled Time On Telescopes at CTIO and KPNO


Purpose: NOAO is committed to executing a limited number of highly ranked Target of Opportunity proposals. The Time Allocation Committees have judged the successful ToO proposals to be uniquely valuable in advancing the science, and have ranked them consistently with pre-empting a regularly scheduled proposal. We expect the cooperation of scheduled observers in accommodating such interruptions, and at the same time, are committed to making the potential obligation and task as clear as possible.


Policies and Practices:


We thank observers for their understanding and cooperation in maximizing the scientific results for their own and for the ToO programs.



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