200-inch Telescope - Large Projects
The Director of Caltech Optical Observatories and the Observatory Council encourage ambitious and high-impact observing projects by individuals or teams of researchers within the Caltech astronomy community by supporting the Large Projects program at the Palomar 200-inch (P200) telescope. Large Projects, in this context, are designed to use COO's ability to make significant and long-term commitments of P200 observing time to address problems that would otherwise be difficult within the constraints of normal semi-annual allocations. At a minimum, Large Projects should require at least 12 nights of observing time per semester for up to four semesters (or a smaller number of nights for longer duration), not necessary contiguous but within two -- four years, to complete.
Large Projects are expected to be of sufficient scope and potential scientific impact to justify a significant investment of P200 resources. Further, Large Projects are expected to contribute to the scientific legacy and public profile of the Palomar Observatory, and the proposals must specifically address these two points in the proposals narrative.
The initial proposal for a Large Projects, to be submitted as part of the normal time allocation process,
consists of (a) a Palomar proposal cover sheet
[see COO Solicitations],
(b) the narrative, (c) figures, illustrations and tables, and (d) the target list.
Observing time for continuing Large Projects in each semester is contingent upon the demonstration of satisfactory progress toward the goals of the project, as determined by the COO Director and the chair of the TAC. Continuing projects will not be reviewed by the full TAC.
In semesters subsequent to the initial allocation, submit a reduced version of the proposal, including a cover sheet with the current time request (cover sheet not required if no time is requested) and a status report (in place of the narrative) (up to 3 pages) summarizing the work completed (including the status of the data processing), comparing the progress of the project to its planned benchmarks and reviewing the work yet to be accomplished. The scientific justification, legacy aspects and EPO aspects of the program need not be revisited. If observing time is requested in the current semester, include the object list.
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