1. ING Instrumentation in Semester 2003A 

2. Time-share Agreement with TNG for NL and UK Observers 

3. Withdrawal of IDS 

4. Discontinuation of the INT Service Programme 
5. Withdrawal of the JKT from normal service
6. Telescope Support 

1. ING Instrumentation in Semester 2003A 

General Information

Detailed information on ING instrumentation offered for the 
forthcoming semester can be found in the ING web pages at

and guidelines for proposal submission can be found at

Applicants should refer to these pages for the latest information,
and are reminded that occasionally highly rated proposals may not 
be awarded time due to scheduling constraints.

Prospective NAOMI/INGRID applicants are encouraged to read the 
most recent performance summary:

and prospective applicants for NAOMI/INGRID with the coronograph
OSCA are encouraged to read:

Instrumentation Overview


WHT applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for larger time
applications. For the UK community, the PATT2 application form
allows a 2-page scientific justification for proposals for six or
more nights. 

The following instrument/detector configurations are available:

            Instrument        Detector 

            ISIS BLUE         EEV12 
            ISIS RED          MARCONI2 
            AUX-port          TEK1  
            PRIME             2xEEV Mosaic 
            AUTOFIB2/WYFFOS   TEK6
            INGRID            1kx1k HgCdTe 
            NAOMI/INGRID      1kx1k HgCdTe (shared-risks) 
            NAOMI/INGRID/OSCA 1kx1k HgCdTe (shared-risks)

NAOMI:      Observations will be carried out in service mode.
AUTOFIB2:   The large fibres module has been withdrawn. 
            It is also expected that a new camera will be
            commissioned by mid-semester 2003A. AF2 runs in
            2003A which use the new camera will therefore 
            be shared-risk.
INTEGRAL    This will not be offered as a common user instrument. 

WHT visitor-instrument contacts are:

PN.S     Nigel Douglas,
SAURON   Tim de Zeeuw,
S-CAM    Michael Perryman,
Ultracam Vik Dhillon,


The following instrument/detector configurations are available:

            Instrument        Detector 

            WFC               4xEEV 
            IDS 235/500       EEV10 or TEK5 

INT visitor instrument contacts are:

CIRSI   Richard McMahon,

Observing time is allocated in blocks of one week on average, 
and observing programmes shorter than *4* nights are not 
accepted, unless explicitly agreed in advance by the Head of 
Astronomy or the Director of ING.


Only one instrument/detector configuration is available:

            Instrument        Detector

            Direct imaging    2kx2k SITe2

The JKT only supports one common-user instrument, and private
instruments are not accepted. Although there is no formal limit 
on the duration of observing runs on the JKT, short proposals 
are discouraged, and observing time is usually allocated in 
blocks of ~1 week.

2. Time-share Agreement with TNG for NL and UK Observers 

The time-share agreement with the TNG proved to be very
successful in semester 2002B, and continues in semester
2003A. In this scheme, NL and UK observers may apply to use 
three TNG instruments. These are:

 + The high resolution spectrograph, SARG 
 + The near infrared camera-spectrometer, NICS, in non-AO
   spectroscopy mode only
 + The multi-object low-resolution optical spectrograph, DOLORES

A minimum of five nights is available in total in semester 
2003A to the NL and UK communities, and in return the Italian 
community obtains access to the WHT for the same number of 
nights. More than five nights may be exchanged if such demand is 
balanced between both telescopes.

For further details on the TNG observing guidelines and for
instrumentation details, refer to:

Select "instruments" for detailed information on SARG, NICS and

Please note that NL and UK applicants for SARG, NICS or DOLORES 
should apply using their standard PATT/NL form and should send 
these to their own national TAGs. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO TNG.  
(CAT observers should apply for TNG time in the usual way). 

Successful NL and UK applicants to TNG will qualify for EC funding 
under the auspices of the EC's Access to Research Infrastructures 
Programme to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, 
assuming they meet the criteria for eligibility. For further 
details of this general scheme see:

3. Withdrawal of IDS

Prospective applicants to the INT are reminded that due to the 
impact of cost savings at ING, semester 2003A will be the last
semester in which the Intermediate Dispersion Spectrograph, IDS, 
is offered. 

4. Discontinuation of the INT Service Programme

Due to the impact of cost savings at ING, the scheme of service 
observing on the INT carried out by observatory personnel will be 
discontinued at the end of Semester 2003A. 

5. Withdrawal of the JKT from normal service

Due to the impact of cost savings at ING, the JKT will be taken 
out of normal service at the end of semester 2003A. The JKT may 
continue in operation beyond 2003A as a special-purpose telescope
with external funding, but 2003A will be the final semester in which 
it is offered as a general-user facility. 

6. Telescope Support

Astronomical support is provided on the first night of each run
on the WHT, INT and JKT. Telescope Operator (TO) support is 
provided for each night of all WHT runs. INT Wide Field Camera 
runs have TO support for the first two nights only, and INT IDS 
runs of six or more nights will have TO support for the first three 
nights only. TO support is not provided on the JKT. 

Observers are reminded that filter and/or grating changes within 
a run will be accommodated provided that they have been explicitly
requested in the telescope proposal. However, due to limited human 
resources, additional changes to the instrumental configuration 
may not be accommodated.

Sept. 2002

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