Period 101 Telescope Allocation

Published: 02 Feb 2018
VLT, Galactic Plane and the Magellanic Clouds

The 101st Observing Programmes Committee (OPC) met on 14–16 November 2017. A total of 1000 nights (10-hour equivalent) of Visitor Mode and Service Mode observations were allocated on the VLT/VLTI, VISTA, VST, the 3.6-metre and NTT, and APEX telescopes. The outcome of the time allocation was communicated to the Principal Investigators of the 899 proposals submitted for Period 101 on 21 December 2017. The submission deadline for Phase 2 Service Mode observations was on 1 February 2018.

On the VLT, the balance between Visitor and Service Mode in P101 was 33%-67% (fillers excluded).  New and ongoing Large Programmes on the VLT account for about 10% of the allocation.  The equivalent numbers on the 3.6-metre and NTT are 41.4% and 29.0%, respectively.