The upcoming DECam Community Science Workshop 2018: Science Highlights, Coming Opportunities, LSST Synergies

(4 April 2018)

DECam has been installed on the Blanco telescope at CTIO for just over 5 years. It has been remarkably successful not only for the Dark Energy Survey (DES) - that has used 30% of the telescope time - but also for the many Community Science projects, some of these being very extensive surveys in their own right. 

Near to the time when DES will be completed, we offer with this workshop an optimal chance to both highlight DECam science results, and to discuss and plan future opportunities. In fact, we anticipate offering DECam on the Blanco well into the era when LSST will be operating. 

The aim of the workshop is to bring together past and future users of DECam and DECam data and so help to identify possible future projects and to foster collaborations. And for NOAO, it will help us to optimize instrument and telescope operations.

The meeting main topics are:

    • The use of major DECam data sets for science - DES, DECaLS, SMASH etc.
    • Highlighting the wide variety of DECam science; from NEOs to z=7 galaxies
    • Near-future (e.g. post DES and DECaLS) projects.
    • The synergy with LSST - parallel observations and follow-ups
    • Creative uses of DECam, remote observing, ToOs, new filters, non-siderea

The DECam Community Science Workshop 2018 will be held on May 21-22, 2018 in Tucson (venue here).

We encourage DECam past and future data users to participate. Registration here.



The Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) is a complex of astronomical telescopes and instruments located at 30.169 S, 70.804 W, approximately 80 km to the East of La Serena, Chile, at an altitude of 2200 meters.  CTIO headquarters are located in La Serena, Chile, about 300 miles north of Santiago.

The CTIO complex is part of the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), along with the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) in Tucson, Arizona.  NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).  CTIO, as part of the AURA Observatory in Chile, operates in Chile under Chilean law, through an Agreement with the University of Chile and with the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile.

The principal telescopes on site are the 4-m Victor M. Blanco Telescope and the 4.1-m Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope.  One of the two 8-m telescopes comprising the Gemini Observatory is co-located with CTIO on AURA property in Chile, together with more than 10 other telescopes and astronomical projects.