LBTO is currently OPEN for 2017B Proposals

Previous Semesters:

Introduction:
LBTO is now open for the 2017B semester to all partners and host institutions including the Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft (LBTB), University of Arizona (UA), Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU), Ohio State University (OSU), University of Virginia, University of Minnesota, and University of Notre Dame. More information about available instrumentation and modes is available here

LBTO is also accepting applications through NOAO as part of a TSIP agreement
. A total of 39 nights are available through TSIP on LBT over the course of the next 5 semesters (17B-19B). More information about available instrumentation and modes is available here.


Different partners have different Calls for Proposal dates and deadlines. Please check your partner webpages or ask your Parner Coordinator for specific CfP information and closing dates. Given the differing deadlines, joint proposals to several partners in a single submission are NOT currently accepted. If you are interested in a joint proposal that spans multiple partners, please submit a proposal to each partner during their call. You should note in the body of your proposal the partners to which you are applying and the time requested.


Phase I Tool:
LBTO has developed a Phase I Tool (PIT) for proposal submissions. For 2017B the following partners are participating in PIT submission: TSIP/NOAO, Arizona (AZ, NAU, ASU), LBTB (MPIA, IAP), INAF, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, and University of Minnesota. Note that INAF PIs should use PIT 2017B V2.0 while all others use 2017B V1.1. See the  downlaod pages for more details. Other LBTO users are welcome to examine the new tool, but should NOT use it to submit their proposals.

This tool allows PIs to easily enter basic information about their program and create a LBTO cover sheet and instrument summary to include with their proposals. For 2017B, partners should upload their entire proposal, including partner-specific cover page, as a PDF attachment. An example of a completed proposal is here. Partner PIs may choose whether or not to describe their program in the Observation and Target Tabs or to submit in a minimalist way with just cover sheet information and their PDF attachment. NOAO/TSIP PIs must complete the PIT, including Observation and Target information.

In the future, PIT will facilitate the transition to binocular script creation, open a communication pathway to LBTO operations staff, and ease the potential move of LBTO to queue operations. Links to the PIT software for Mac, Windows, and Linux are available on the installation page.

Instruments Offered:
LBTO is currently offering the following instruments for 2017B science:

Visible Near-IR Mid-IR Other facilities
Facility Instruments
MODS1: (SX) 320-1100nm multi-object, long-slit spectrograph and imager
LUCI1: (SX) 0.85-2.4µm multi-object, long-slit spectrograph and imager  
MODS2: (DX) 320-1100nm multi-object, long-slit spectrograph and imager

LUCI2: (DX) 1.00-2.4µm multi-object, long-slit spectrograph and imager  
LBCB: (SX) 350-650nm wide-field imager
   
LBCR: (DX) 550-1000nm wide-field imager      
PI/Strategic Instruments (EXCLUDING TSIP)
PEPSI: 383-907nm high-resolution spectrograph and polarimeter. CONTACT PI LMIRCam on LBTI: 1-5µm high resolution camera and coronagraph. Optimized from 3-5µm. CONTACT PI
NOMIC on LBTI: an 8-13 μm camera. CONTACT PI
 


LBTO Partnership (LBTB, INAF, OSURC, AZ)


Telescope/Instrument Configurations:
For the 2017B observing season the available telescope configurations offered are as follows:
  • Monocular: all facility instruments in seeing-limited mode
  • AO: LUCI1 and LUCI 2 diffraction-limited imaging in SHARED RISK
  • Enhanced Seeing Mode (ESM): LUCI1 &  LUCI2 in SHARED RISK
  • Homogeneous Binocular (LBCR + LBCB)
  • Homogeneous Binocular (MODS1 + MODS2; LUCI1 + LUCI2) TWIN ONLY
  • Heterogeneous Binocular with LBC: LBC + MODS/LUCI in SHARED RISK
PI Strategic Instruments:
It is critical that astronomers who would like to use the PI/Strategic instruments, LBTI or PEPSI, must contact the Principle Investigator of these instruments before submitting proposals to the TAC:

LBTI - Phil Hinz (phinz@as.arizona.edu)
PEPSI - Klaus Strassmeier (kstrassmeier@aip.de)

Observations will be carried out with assistance from the instrument team during scheduled PI instrument blocks.

Special Instructions for 2017B:
  • We will continue commissioning of LUCI2 AO spectroscopy with the hopes of releasing this mode sometime in 2017B.
  • MODS will not be available before mid-October

  • Mask Deadline for Successful Proposals is August 1, 2017. Please contact slitmasks@lbto.org for any questions
Observing Modes Available:
For the 2017B observing season the observatory will operate as it has for the last several years, which is in "classical/service" and "PI Instrument" modes. In classical/service mode, partners will select PIs of successful proposals or partner service observers to visit the telescope during observatory-scheduled partner blocks. These designated observers will complete observations for themselves and potentially other PIs in their partnership.



Telescope/Instrument Configurations:
For the 2017B observing season the available telescope configurations offered are as follows:
  • Monocular: all facility instruments in seeing limited mode
  • Homogeneous Binocular (LBCR + LBCB)
  • Homogeneous Binocular (MODS1 + MODS2; LUCI1 + LUCI2) TWIN ONLY
  • Heterogeneous Binocular with LBC: LBC + MODS/LUCI in SHARED RISK

AO and Enhanced Seeing Mode (ESM) are NOT part of the TSIP agreement

PI Strategic Instruments:
Strategic/PI instruments (LBTI, PEPSI) are NOT part of the TSIP agreement.

Special Instructions for 2017B:
  • MODS will not be available before mid-October

  • Mask Deadline for Successful Proposals is August 1, 2017. Please contact slitmasks@lbto.org for any questions
Observing Modes Available:
For the 2017B semester, the selected TSIP programs will be classically scheduled by LBTO, but will be executed in service mode by LBTO staff who will observe remotely from Tucson. PIs will prepare their observations using the LBTO Observation Preparation Tool (OT), which is based on the Gemini tool. PIs will have the possibility to come and assist the observer in the remote room in Tucson if they wish to get acquainted with LBTO.

Available Tools:
While the observatory does provide an online archive for data access and download, no in-house pipeline or data reduction tools exist. For more information on the availability of community-built tools, please contact sciops@lbto.org.


The LBTO would like to thank Gemini Observatory for extensive use and adaptation of the materials and webpages published by Gemini staff at www.gemini.edu/sciops. The Gemini Observatory is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (Brazil), and Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina).