0.9m time at $600/night ..... 1.3m and 1.5m time at $200/hour
There is observing time available through the SMARTS
(Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System) Consortium for
you or your institution on the CTIO 1.5m, 1.3m, and 0.9m telescopes.
Partnerships can be with institutions, individuals, or groups of
individuals. We also welcome international partners. Time can be
purchased for as little as a few thousand dollars, up to major
partners contributing $50K or more. Please see SMARTS Central for
general information about SMARTS. Capabilities of the SMARTS
telescopes include imaging at optical and infrared wavelengths and
low- and high-resolution spectroscopic observations --- see SMARTS Overview (Subasavage et al. 2010)
for more details.
On the 0.9m, time can be scheduled for user observing
runs (you travel to the telescope) that span a few days or weeks. The
cost is $600/night and scheduling is quite flexible. Time on the 0.9m
is particularly useful for graduate and undergraduate training and
observing experience. Please contact Todd Henry at
email@example.com for 0.9m programs.
On the 1.5m and 1.3m, time can be scheduled via
service observing runs (SMARTS staff do the observing for you) over
one or more semesters for time-domain science with highly flexible
cadences. The cost is $200/hour. Please contact Charles Bailyn at
firstname.lastname@example.org for 1.5m and 1.3m programs.
0.9m SMARTS Observing Schedule --- 2013A
0.9m Observers in USER MODE
SMARTS General Information
0.9m SMARTS Observing Schedules --- Past
0.9m Past Statistics
0.9m Observers in SERVICE MODE --- NOT SUPPORTED AFTER 01 OCTOBER 2012
The photo at the top of the page was taken by
Matthias Dietrich (GSU) on the night of 24 April 2003. He used a Canon
camera with 15 mm lens (focal ratio 2.8), and exposed for 90 minutes
on Fuji ASA 200 film. Three SMARTS telescopes can be seen: the CTIO
0.9m is on the right, the Yale 1.0m is on the left, and the CTIO 1.5m
is second from the right. The fuzzy reddish region in the upper left
and center is the light from the Milky Way Galaxy.