- Tmt India
The 2-m Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) at the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO), Mt. Saraswati, Digpa-ratsa Ri, Hanle at an altitude of 4500 m (15000 ft) above msl is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore. It is remotely operated using a dedicated satellite communication link from the Centre for Research & Education in Science & Technology (CREST), Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Hosakote, about 35 km northeast of Bangalore. The Himalayan Faint Object Spectrograph Camera (HFOSC) and the Near-infrared camera are available for regular observations. The Telescope is available to the astronomical community, though some time is reserved for observations of Target of Opportunity programmes. Guest astronomers may need to accommodate such programmes in a part of their allotted time, and efforts will be made for a suitable compensation in subsequent allotments. The guest observers are welcome to participate and collaborate on such programmes undertaken during the time allotted to them.
Some time will be used for preventive maintenance of the telescope and instruments (scheduled around full moon), and for site characterization activity (e.g. site extinction).
The HCT Time Allocation Committee (HTAC) has been constituted by the Director, IIA, with G.C. Anupama (IIA, Chair), B.E. Reddy (IIA), S. Seetha (ISAC). D.K. Ojha (TIFR) and A.N. Ramaprakash (IUCAA) as members. HTAC invites observing proposals from astronomers.
Proposals are called for three times a year. The three cycle periods and their corresponding deadlines are given below.
Guest observers can operate the telescope and instrument from CREST using the satellite communication link. Telescope operators are not generally available at present, but the astronomers at CREST and engineers from IAO will introduce the guest observers to the user interfaces for operation. There could be occasional problems at night which can be attended by experts only during the following day.
Proposals and queries may be sent to email@example.com.