22 July 2013

NSO Observing Proposal Deadline Is Imminent

Richard Altrock National Solar Observatory

The deadline for submitting observing proposals to the National Solar Observatory (NSO) for the fourth quarter of 2013 is 15 August 2013.

Information is available from the NSO Telescope Allocation Committee at P.O. Box 62, Sunspot, NM 88349, for Sacramento Peak (SP) facilities (sp@nso.edu) or P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726, for Kitt Peak (KP) facilities (kptac@nso.edu). Instructions for proposers may be found at http://www.nso.edu/observe/. A web-based observing-request form is at http://www.nso.edu/obsreq. Users' Manuals are available at http://nsosp.nso.edu/dst/ for the SP facilities and http://nsokp.nso.edu/mp for the KP facilities. An observing-run evaluation form for the SP facilities can be obtained at ftp://ftp.nso.edu/observing_templates/evaluation.form.txt.

Please note that the NSO will conduct cycle 2 of the DST service mode operations at the DST/Sacramento Peak in preparation for ATST operations. Cycle 2 will take place during the month of October, leaving only the first and last month of the quarter available for regular scheduling. Further information and forms for requesting observing time during the experiment can be found at http://www.nso.edu/node/145 and http://nsosp.nso.edu/dst/smex. Deadline for service mode proposals is the same as for regular observing time, namely, 15 August 2013.

Proposers are reminded that each quarter is typically oversubscribed, and it is to the proposer's advantage to provide all information requested to the greatest possible extent no later than the official deadline. Observing time at national observatories is provided as support to the astronomical community by the National Science Foundation.