3.6m Devasthal Optical Telescope (DOT)
Call for proposals for the Cycle - 2017B is open.
ARIES invites members of the Indian and Belgian astronomy community to participate in the call for observing proposals (2017B-Cycle) for the 3.6m Devasthal Optical Telescope (DOT). India has 93% share in the telescope time of which 33% is guaranteed to ARIES, and the Belgian share is 7%. The Principal Investigator of the proposals should have affiliations at Indian or Belgian academic institutions and/or universities.
The observing period: 1st of October, 2017 to 31st of January, 2018
The proposal submission deadline: 1st of August, 2017 23:59:59 IST
You can submit your proposals using online proposal submission system at www.aries.res.in/dopses
Allocation of time on the telescope will be based on the assigned ranking of the proposals through a peer-review process by Indian and Belgian Time Allocation committees for Indian and Belgian proposals respectively.
The call for 2017B-Cycle proposals is made with the understanding that all successful proposals and scheduled observations are considered as “shared-risk”. During this period of scientific observations, the DOT user-community should be aware that the feasibility of the proposed observations may change according to any differences in the available instrument sensitivities and the efficiency of the telescope performance compared to those that are advertised in this call. Early Science observations may be rescheduled or cancelled according to the additional telescope/instrument testing and engineering requirements.
ARIES will provide telescope operators and site-staff to perform routine start-up & shut-down procedures, and safety checks at the telescope.
Questions regarding the operational policies of 2017B-Cycle observations with the DOT should be directed to Dr. Brijesh Kumer (
). Specific questions related to 4Kx4K Imager and TIRCAM-2, contact Dr. S. B. Pandey (
) and Prof. D. K. Ojha (
) respectively. For general assistance regarding the proposal submission process, contact Maheswar Gopinathan (
) / Purushottam (
How to reach Devasthal:
- Devasthal is 65 km from the nearest railway station (Kathgodam). For a list of trains between Kathgodam and other places, visit here.
- Devasthal is about 90 km from the nearest airport at Pantnagar. For more information please visit here.