Call for Proposals
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR UC KECK TELESCOPE TIME
First Semester 2014A (February 2014 through July 2014)
Proposals are due on September 13, 2013.
Please see http://www.ucolick.org/keckobs/keckinstructions.html for instructions on using the on-line process. The application process will end promptly at
5:00 PM PST on Friday, September 13, 2013.
Looking ahead: Proposals for Second Semester 2014B (August 2014 - January 2015) will be due Friday, March 14, 2014.
Keck is continuing the login-password system to allow you to retrieve and modify your coversheets. Returning observers should use the same account information as last semester. New observers may request an account from the login page.
We expect roughly 60 UC nights total on Keck I and 52 nights on Keck II.
Please see the Instruments Available web page for detailed notes on the current instruments: http://www2.keck.hawaii.edu/observing/instavail.html.
SUBARU exchange: The SUBARU-KECK exchange will continue as last semester with flexibility as to the number of nights available for exchange. Keck will offer DEIMOS, ESI, NIRSPEC, and NIRC2 on Keck-II and LRIS, OSIRIS, and MOSFIRE on Keck-I. Subaru will offer Suprime-Cam, FOCAS, HDS, MOIRCS, IRCS (with NGS/LGSAO188 elements), FMOS, COMICS. Also during semester 2014A Hyper Suprime-Cam is being offered to the Keck community for up to two nights in a shared-risk mode. Neither Keck nor Subaru will support Target of Opportunity (ToO) observations during the exchanged nights. All observations will be conducted in the "classical" observing mode.
LGS-AO: For semester 2014A there will be no restrictions on the number of LGS nights nor their distribution between telescopes. NIRC2, OSIRIS, and NIRSPAO with laser guide star adaptive optics will be available. A more detailed set of guidelines for these nights and information on the capabilities of the systems may be found on the Keck LGS-AO page. Backup programs for LGS proposals are essential. Backup programs for LGS may be either NGS programs or non-AO (seeing limited) NIRSPEC on Keck II. Non-AO NIRSPEC is not available when NIRSPEC is in the AO configuration.
AO Upgrades: The new near-IR tip/tilt system on Keck I, TRICK, might be available towards the end of 2014A on a shared-risk basis. Proposals should not rely on its availability, however. Also, on Keck II, the laser launch might be switched to the new center launch system (CLS), providing the Keck II AO system with a smaller laser spot size.
Keck Observatory Archive: Data from all instruments will be archived in the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA). The default proprietary period for all data is 18 months. If observers desire a different proprietary period they may request this through the Keck coversheet. The KOA homepage has information about the archive and the KOA proprietary period policy.
Please read this paragraph: The principal consideration in evaluating proposals will be the scientific merit of the proposed project. Projects which take maximum advantage of the unique capability of the Keck Telescopes will be given high weight. A brief description should be given of backup programs that will be carried out if conditions are not suitable for the primary program.
The coversheet form is available through the Keck Observer Login webpage. Please attach your scientific justification.
Sandra Faber, UCO Interim Director