Now that we have some experience running the FT program, we believe we can support multi-object spectroscopy with GMOS North. We welcome MOS proposals for the August 2015 deadline and onwards. This is subject to a few caveats:
- We will only be accepting programs that don’t require pre-imaging.
- All our MOS masks are cut in Chile and have to be Fedex-ed to Hawai’i. This slows things down by 2-3 weeks, meaning that MOS observations will have somewhat less chance of getting executed in the 3-month period for which FT programs are valid. [January 21 2016 edit: depending on the status of the mask cutting machines, sometimes masks are cut in Hawai’i and shipped to Chile. Either way, delays can be expected.]
- If you would like to re-use a mask that was cut for a previous queue program, please let us know in advance. Masks are not kept indefinitely, so your old mask may no longer be available.
- Due to staffing limitations, mask designs are only checked on Fridays. PIs of accepted MOS programs will need to time their mask-making around this.
We look forward to receiving your MOS proposals. If you have questions, please contact the FT team at “Fast dot Turnaround at gemini dot edu”.