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December statistics, and some interesting behaviour

First, after a couple of months of very healthy demand, we only received a handful of FT proposals at the December deadline: 4 for Gemini North, and 1 for Gemini South. The Gemini South proposal reached the minimum score and … Continue reading

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What people think about FT

We ask FT participants for feedback at a couple of points in the process; first when they are notified whether they got time, and again a few months later when they are hopefully writing up their excellent results. The initial … Continue reading

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November demand, first GS Fast Turnaround observations

The number of FT proposals received at the end of November dropped slightly compared to September and October, from 16 to 12. ¬†As in October, the majority of proposals were for Gemini-N, with the three Gemini-S proposals requesting 7.5 hours … Continue reading

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Your monthly FT demand report, and more

FT demand at the October deadline was healthy again, with 16 proposals received (see the figure below – the blue bars and left-hand axis show the number of proposals, while the squares and right-hand axis show the number of hours … Continue reading

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Gemini South now accepting Fast Turnaround proposals

For the upcoming October 31 deadline and beyond, Fast Turnaround proposals can request time on Gemini South. GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 are available, along with a limited amount of time on GPI. We aren’t offering GeMS at the moment, but it … Continue reading

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FT demand is back…

So, you people really know how to surprise us… After several months of unexceptional demand for FT time, the last thing we were expecting was a near-record number of proposals in September. With Gemini staff now being able to submit … Continue reading

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New FT mailing list

Just a quick note to say that we now have a mailing list that will be used to send monthly reminders and inform users of changes to the program that may affect or interest them. To sign up, send a … Continue reading

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New FT opportunities

We’ve just received approval from the Board to start accepting Fast Turnaround proposals for Gemini South instrumentation. We’re still finalising the implementation (such as which instruments/modes can realistically be supported), but the first call for proposals including Gemini South is … Continue reading

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MOS observations now available through FT

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 … Continue reading

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How this works, and how to succeed

Your correspondent has been meaning to write a post explaining a little of what goes on behind the scenes in the FT program, showing what participants see as they go through the process, and giving a couple of tips for … Continue reading

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