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The Ground Based Optical/Infrared System

Telescopes with aperture greater than or equal to 3.5m

Telescope/Observatory

Description

Public Access

Website

AEOS = Advanced Electro-Optical System

3.67-m telescope on Haleakala, Maui, owned/operated by US Air Force.

50 nights per year available through NSF proposal — see NSF solicitation 01-66

http://ulua.mhpcc.af.mil/

ARC = Astrophysics Research Consortium Telescope

3.5-m telescope at Apache Point Observatory on Sacramento Peak, New Mexico, owned/operated by Astrophysics Research Consortium.

None

http://www.apo.nmsu.edu/

CFHT = Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

3.6-m telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The University of Hawaii holds a x% share.

None

http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/

Hale Telescope

5-m telescope at Palomar Observatory, California

None

http://www.astro.caltech.edu/observatories/palomar/

HET = Hobby-Eberly Telescope

9.2-m telescope (fixed-elevation) at McDonald Observatory, Texas. U.S. universities (U. Texas, Penn State U., Stanford U.) hold a x% share

27 nights per year for 6 years through standard NOAO proposal process

http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/het/het.html and http://www.astro.psu.edu/het/

International Gemini Observatory

Two 8-m telescopes, one on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, one on Cerro Pachon, Chile. The National Science Foundation holds a 47.6% share of the two telescopes.

Approximately 41% of time available to U.S. proposers; rest to international partners.

http://www.noao.edu/usgp/

Keck Telescopes

Two 10-m telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii; NASA holds a 1/6 share of the two telescopes

NASA time (~43 nights/semester) is publicly available.

http://www.astro.caltech.edu/mirror/keck/index.html

LBT = Large Binocular Telescope

Two 8.4-m telescopes on Mount Graham, Arizona; U.S. universities hold a 50% share.

None

http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbtwww/lbt.html

Magellan Telescopes

Two 6.5-m telescopes on Las Campanas, Chile

None

http://www.ociw.edu/magellan/

MMT = Multiple Mirror Telescope

6.5-m telescope on Mount Hopkins, Arizona

27 nights per year for 6 years through standard NOAO proposal process

http://sculptor.as.arizona.edu/foltz/www/mmt.html and http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/cfa/oir/MMT/mmto.html

NOAO = National Optical Astronomy Obsevatory

Blanco 4-m telescope and SOAR 4.2-m telescope (31% share; science operations to begin in mid-2003) at Cerro Tololo, Chile; Mayall 4-m telescope and WIYN 3.5-m telescope (40% share) at Kitt Peak, Arizona

100% public access

http://www.noao.edu/

WIYN = Wisconsin-Indiana-Yale-NOAO Telescope

3.5-m telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona

Aside from 40% NOAO share, no additional public access

http://www.noao.edu/wiyn/


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