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Change to review process when <7 proposals received

As noted in previous posts, the FT program requires a minimum of 7 proposals in any month for the program to run during that month. We have now had 2 proposal deadlines at which that threshold wasn’t met, leading to … Continue reading

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June deadline coming up, and other news

The next FT deadline – June 30 – is approaching. These pieces of information may be of interest to potential proposers: 1) Starting in August, FT programs will be merged in with the queue; no more separate FT nights. We … Continue reading

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The most recent FT proposal deadline passed yesterday (May 31st), and we received just three proposals. As this is below the minimum number required for the program to run in any given month (to ensure that proposals receive a sensible … Continue reading

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April 30 deadline: 8 proposals received

The FT program received 17 proposals in January, 12 in February, and 7 in March. We now have the answer for April: 8 proposals. Does this mean that initial enthusiasm for the program has died down, and 7-8 proposals is … Continue reading

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Cycle 3 programs accepted; not all time filled

As noted in the previous post, we received seven FT proposals at the end of March. The peer reviews were completed last week, and three of the proposals obtained a score higher than the minimum required to be awarded time … Continue reading

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Some progress on FT observations; cycle 3 proposals received.

Despite the first FT block being lost to winter weather, we have been able to make some progress on observations in the FT queue. Four out of 13┬áprograms have been completed, while two others are awaiting second- or third-epoch observations. … Continue reading

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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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