SMARTS: Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System


The SMARTS (Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System) Consortium would like to remind you that you or your institution can join SMARTS at a variety of levels. Possible membership can be acquired for single use observing runs that span a few days or weeks, or distributed observing over one or more semesters for time-domain science. Observing time in 2012 is available, and can be discussed and approved by the SMARTS Management Council by September 1, 2011. Guaranteed time on the CTIO 1.5m, 1.3m, 0.9m or Yale 1.0m telescopes can be purchased for as little as a few thousand dollars, up to major partners contributing $50K to $100K per year or more. Capabilities of the SMARTS telescopes include imaging at optical and infrared wavelengths and low- and high-resolution spectroscopic observations --- see Subasavage et al.--- SMARTS Overview for more details. Astronomers may opt for user time for which they travel to the telescope, or service observations done by SMARTS staff for which observing cadences are highly flexible. SMARTS is particularly useful for graduate and undergraduate training and observing experience. Please see SMARTS Central for general information about SMARTS, or contact Charles Bailyn at or Todd Henry at for more details about how to become a SMARTS member.