SMARTS: Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System


0.9m time at $600/night ..... 1.3m and 1.5m time at $200/hour

Observing time is available through the Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System Consortium ( SMARTS ) for you or your institution on the CTIO/SMARTS 1.5m, 1.3m, and 0.9m telescopes. Partnerships can be with institutions, individuals, or groups of individuals. We also welcome international partners. Time can be purchased for as little as a few thousand dollars, up to major partners contributing $50K or more. Capabilities of the SMARTS telescopes include imaging at optical and infrared wavelengths and low- and high-resolution spectroscopic observations. See SMARTS Overview (Subasavage et al. 2010) for details on the imagers on the 0.9m, 1.0m, and 1.3m telescopes. The 1.5m is currently equipped with the CHIRON high resolution spectrograph, which is described at SMARTS 1.5m .

On the 0.9m, time can be scheduled for user observing runs (you travel to the telescope in Chile) that span a few nights or weeks. The cost is $600/night and scheduling is quite flexible. Time on the 0.9m is particularly useful for graduate and undergraduate training and observing experience. Please contact Todd Henry at thenry[at symbol]astro[dot]gsu[dot]edu for 0.9m programs.

On the 1.5m and 1.3m, time can be scheduled via service observing runs (SMARTS staff do the observing for you) over one or more semesters for time-domain science with highly flexible cadences. The cost is $200/hour. Please contact Todd Henry at thenry[at symbol]astro[dot]gsu[dot]edu for 1.5m programs and Victoria Misenti at victoria[dot]misenti[at symbol]yale[dot]edu for 1.3m programs.

0.9m SMARTS Observing Schedule --- 2018A

0.9m Observers --- Key Information

0.9m Details

1.5m SMARTS Observing Schedule --- 01 OCT 2017 through 30 SEP 2018

1.5m Details

SMARTS General Information CTIO General Information 0.9m SMARTS Observing Schedules --- Past 0.9m Past Statistics GSU Information


The photo at the top of the page was taken by Matthias Dietrich (GSU) on the night of 24 April 2003. He used a Canon camera with 15 mm lens (focal ratio 2.8), and exposed for 90 minutes on Fuji ASA 200 film. Three SMARTS telescopes can be seen: the CTIO 0.9m is on the right, the Yale 1.0m is on the left, and the CTIO 1.5m is second from the right. The fuzzy reddish region in the upper left and center is the light from the Milky Way Galaxy.

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