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March 6, 2015

To: 3.0-m Telescope Observers

From: Claire Max, UC Observatories Interim Director

Second Semester 2015 (2015B) Shane 3-m Observing Requests
(August 2015 through January 2016)

Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:00pm PDT

Proposals for use of the 3-m Shane reflector will be submitted online in a process very similar to that used for UC Keck proposals

Application submission for 2015B will close promptly at 5:00 P.M. on April 17, 2015.

Submitting an application is a two-step process: on-line creation of a proposal coversheet and uploading a pdf-format file with the Scientific Justification and other support materials.

Step 1: Create a proposal coversheet and be assigned a Proposal ID#. Go to the web page below, enter the information required for the form, submit the form and note the assigned proposal ID#, which is required in Step 2.

Step 2: Prepare a file with the following sections: Scientific Justification (2-page limit), References, Figures, Targets and Exposures, Supplementary Observations Required from other Observatories, Technical Remarks, Path to Science and Status of Previously Approved 3-m Programs. Create a pdf-format of this document and upload it at the submission web page:

Graduate Student Applications: Graduate students are eligible to apply for 3-m observing. Each proposal must be accompanied by a letter from the faculty sponsor stating the student is qualified to carry out the project.

Graduate student observing projects requiring a large number of nights or nights spread over several semesters must be thesis related, and the first proposal must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's thesis adviser.

Policies for Shane remote observing are posted here:

Other useful links:

3-m Manual

Guidelines for preparing 3-m proposals

Instruments available are:

Kast Spectrograph - Dual channel optical spectrometer.

Hamilton Spectrograph - High resolution optical eschelle spectrometer.

Adaptive Optics - Natural and Laser guide star adaptive optics system.
Feeds ShARCS, the near IR camera and spectrograph.

The new AO system for the Shane 3m (known as ShaneAO and ShARCS) is expected to be available for the general user community after commissioning in the 2014A semester. Note: Proposals which use the Natural Guide Star mode of ShARCS are particularly encouraged. Staff limitations at Mount Hamilton may limit the number of Laser Guide Star nights that can be scheduled.

Information about the sensitivity and expected performance calculated by Srikar Srinath can be found at the following web page:

For convenience, the interim version of the new system can be referred to as "ShaneAO with ShARCS 8". The "8" refers to the fact that there will be an 8x8 grid of sub-apertures to sample the wavefront. This system that will be available is not the "final" version since it will not yet have the new laser incorporated into it. The goal for the final system with a new laser is 16 subaperatures, and that will give the predicted Strehl of 0.8 in K. For ShaARCS 8, the Strehl prediction is 0.6.


Claire Max, Interim Director
Director’s Office
UCO/Lick Observatory
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University of California
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064