Monthly Archives: March 2015

Second set of FT programs accepted

Today, the second set of FT PIs was notified of the outcome of their applications. 12 valid proposals were received at the February 28 deadline, and one of these withdrew from the cycle after unexpectedly obtaining their requested data elsewhere. … Continue reading

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First FT data obtained!

The skies above Maunakea finally cleared this weekend, allowing a long-awaited return to observing. Although these nights were nominally assigned to normal queue operations, three FT observations were used as convenient fillers. The very short FT-5 program was completed, and … Continue reading

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First FT observing block hit by blizzard

Continuing a several-week period of poor weather on Manua Kea, we now have blizzard conditions on the mountain. The telescope day crews have left the summit, and in fact even the snow removal crew has left the mountain to wait … Continue reading

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Second cycle’s proposals received

Originally posted on March 02, 2015 At Saturday’s deadline we ended up with 12 valid proposals for the second Fast Turnaround cycle (plus another submitted from a non-participating institution). All but one of them arrived within about 36 hours of … Continue reading

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Second FT cycle: 1 proposal submitted so far

Originally posted on February 27, 2015 In marked contrast to last month, when 17 valid proposals were submitted, we have so far received only one proposal for cycle 2 (deadline: February 28, 23:59 HST). Will there be a last-minute deluge? … Continue reading

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First round of FT programs accepted

Originally posted on February 20, 2015 Following technical feasibility checks and consideration of target RAs, requested instrument configurations, etc., PIs have been notified of the outcome of the proposal selection process. The top 7/17 proposals have been accepted (see here for the … Continue reading

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First batch of reviews completed

Originally posted on February 17, 2015 Astronomers taking part in the first Fast Turnaround (FT) cycle had until February 14th to submit their grades and reviews. The Gemini FT support team met this morning to go over the results. We … Continue reading

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