Information for the 10 February 2015 and 14 April 2015 OIR Proposal Deadlines


Telescopes and Dates available

MMT and FLWO proposals due on 10 February 2015
MMT: 1 May 2015 to 31 July 2015
FLWO 1.5-m: 1 May 2015 to 31 July 2015
FLWO 1.2-m: 1 May 2015 to 31 July 2015
Magellan proposals due on 14 April 2015
MAGELLAN: 9 July 2015 to 16 January 2016


Instruments are divided into facility instruments and PI instruments.
Facility instruments are available for all users
PI instruments require approval of the instrument PI prior to proposal submission
PI instruments are indicated in the list below


Magellan I (Baade)

IMACS     Optical imager and multi-slit spectrograph
      click here for IMACS slit mask policy
FIRE     Infrared echelle
FourStar     Wide-field Near-IR Camera


Magellan II (Clay)

LDSS-3     Optical imager and spectrograph
MagAO     Magellan Adaptive Optics System    
MagE     Optical echellette spectrograph
MegaCam     Wide-field optical imager  
MIKE     Optical fiber-fed echelle spectrograph
M2FS     Michigan Magellan Fiber System       PI Instrument  
PFS     Planet Finder Spectrograph       PI Instrument  
MMIRS     Infrared imager & spectrograph     Not available in 2015B
MMIRS is moving back to the MMT  


These links reach a specific instrument. Use the link at the left to reach the general Magellan instrument page.

Starting in the 2008B semester, we will experiment with interventions for targets of opportunity (TOO). The guidelines for Magellan interventions describe the science goals and the responsibilities for the PI and other Magellan observers.

To receive additional information on Magellan telescopes and instruments, you may sign up for the Magellan mailing list server. There are several choices at this URL.



Click here for real-time information on the status of MMT instruments and other aspects of MMT observing.

You can access a complete list of instruments at the MMTO. Additional information on the f/5 instruments is available at the CfA.

f/5 Instruments

General information
Hectospec, Hectochelle     Multiobject low/high resolution optical spectrographs
MMT Cam     MMT Cam (f/5 Science Camera)
SWIRC     Infrared imager
Hectospec, Hectochelle, and MMT Cam are run in queue mode
The TAC welcomes target of opportunity proposals for the Hectospec and Hectochelle queues. The single-object modes available with both instruments allow acquisition of TOO targets. Contact Nelson Caldwell for details on this operation of Hectospec and Hectochelle.
The TAC also welcomes parallel proposals for the Hectospec and Hectochelle queues. Parallel programs acquire observations with the unused fibers of the main program. Parallel observations are completely transparent to the PIs of standard programs. The PI sets up fields in the normal way. Once the PI submits the fields, the PI of the parallel program assigns targets to unused fibers. Contact Nelson Caldwell for additional details on this operation of Hectospec and Hectochelle.


f/9 Instruments

Blue and Red channel     Optical spectrgraphs
PISCES:     IR echelle spectrgraph   PI Instrument  


f/15 instruments:

ARIES with AO system:   PI Instrument  
CLIO with AO system:   PI Instrument  
MIRAC/BLINC with AO system:   PI Instrument  
MMT-POL:     1-5 micron imaging polarimeter   PI Instrument  


FLWO 1.5-m

The 1.5-m is a single-object, spectroscopic telescope. Most observations are made in a queue, but scheduled time is also available.
FAST: low resolution, high throughput optical spectrograph (CCD detector)
TRES: high throughput, optical echelle spectrograph (CCD detector)

FLWO 1.2-m

The 1.2-m is an imaging telescope with a wide-field optical camera and a moderate field infrared camera. Most observations are made in a queue, but scheduled time is also available.
KeplerCam: Optical camera with a 23′ by 23′ field-of-view


Pairitel 1.3-m

Pairitel is closed.
Pairitel IR Camera:   JHKs imaging over a 8′ by 8′ field-of-view


Visitor Policies

Although scheduled observers may invite guests to watch operations at the MMT, the MMTO has a strict visitor policy that requires approval from Mr Dennis Smith, Mountain Operations Manager. The TAC strongly supports this policy and recommends that observers read the policy before traveling to the MMTO.