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
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
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 Charles
Bailyn at charles[dot]bailyn[at symbol]yale[dot]edu for 1.3m programs.
For safety reasons, it is highly recommended that
observers traveling overnight from the U.S. to Santiago, then to La
Serena, spend at least 1 night in La Serena before taking the 2-hour
trip up the mountain to the telescopes the next day. SMARTS requires
that visiting observers spend 1-2 nights at any of the telescopes to
learn how to properly open and close the facility and to carry out the
protocols needed to make observations throughout the night.
0.9m SMARTS Observing Schedule --- 2018A (AUG 2018 through JAN 2019)
0.9m Observers --- Key Information
1.5m SMARTS Observing Schedule --- YEAR1 (OCT 2017 through SEP 2018)
CTIO General Information
SMARTS General Information
0.9m SMARTS Observing Schedules --- Past
0.9m Past Statistics
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.