Information for the 11 February and 8 April 2014 OIR Proposal Deadlines


Telescopes and Dates available

MMT: 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2014
FLWO 1.5-m: 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2014
FLWO 1.2-m: 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2014
MAGELLAN: 7 July 2014 to 13 January 2015   (due 8 April 2014)


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/M2FS     Optical fiber-fed echelle spectrograph
MMIRS     Infrared imager & spectrograph  


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.