0.9-m Duties for Classical PIs

What Observers with User Time Need to do Before Going to Chile

This document outlines the duties of proposers who have user time on
the CTIO 0.9m.  This includes both NOAO and SMARTS users who are going
to CTIO to take their own observations.  It is the observer's
responsibility to carefully consider all relevant information at the
Georgia State University (GSU) SMARTS website at


1. Basic Information

For us to understand what observing modes are most popular on the 0.9m, you may be contacted by members of the GSU SMARTS team to find out the following information:

  1. Have you been awarded your observing time via the SMARTS Consortium, NOAO or Chilean Telescope Allocation Committee (TAC)?
  2. Who will be at the telescope?
  3. Will you be using the FULL chip (13.6 arcmin) or QUARTER chip (6.8 arcmin) mode?
  4. What filters will you need for your observations?

2. Travel Information

General travel information can be found at the fundamental site


If someone from your team will be traveling to CTIO, fill out the travel form for CTIO at

http://www.ctio.noao.edu/travel/itinerary.php (or, http://www.ctio.noao.edu/forms/ and click on Travel Plans)

In the "Proposal Number" please write SMARTS.

You can arrange to be met at the La Serena airport by a cab that will take you directly to the AURA offices (and your dorm).  If you arrive on time, you should be met after claiming your bags.  Otherwise, you may need to catch your own taxi from the airport to AURA/CTIO in "Colino el Pino".  You will need to pay in pesos, so make sure you have some.  To return to the airport after your run, ask the folks in Reception to arrange for a taxi from the La Serena motel, or just go directly to the airport from the mountain --- ask the carryall driver to drop you off at the airport.

Pay your bill at the ROB (Round Office Building) on the mountain.  Credit cards are preferred (but note that many credit cards charge an extra handling fee for foreign charges.)

*** If in dire need of travel assistance only, as a last resort contact Ximena Herreros.

3. Instrument Setup Form

You must fill out an instrument form at


You should send this in at least TWO WEEKS before the first night of your observing run.  This allows us to catch any problems, such as whether or not your requested filters are scheduled for a user at another telescope.

4. Learning about the 0.9-m

You should familiarize yourself with operations at the 0.9m.  The link entitled "Observing Hints for the 0.9m" will give you some information about how to use the 0.9m.  This link is the one just below the link that got you to the page you are reading now.  It can also be found at: