LBTB call for proposals 2014B

AIP Observing Time at the LBT

The German partners in the Large Binocular Telescope have been allocated a total of 24 nights for the 2014 fall semester. The exact dates will only be available at a later date in an attempt to better accommodate time critical observations, and to allow some more flexibility in the scheduling depending on the scientific preferences of the incoming proposals. The AIP share is 27 hours. Note that PEPSI is being installed at the telescope this summer and will have priority for commissioning activities during AIP time. This is expected to become relevant towards the end of the semester 2014B.


  • MODS-I The optical multi-object spectrograph will be offered in the one-eyed mode
  • LUCI-I The near-IR imager and multi-object spectrograph will be offered in the seeing limited one-eyed mode
  • LBC The wide field optical prime focus imager will be offered in the two-eyed (red and blue) mode
  • Note that it is possible to use MODS or LUCI in parallel with LBC red.


Applications by AIP affiliates should be submitted to the e-mail address:

Deadline for applications:  8:00am, Monday, June 16, 2014



The ISC has been tasked with organizing the call for proposals and a Time Allocation Committee (TAC) has been charged by the institute management to rank the proposals according to scientific merit, but also judge their perspectives to generate visible scientific output on relatively short timescales.

Before passing the accepted programs to the observatory for implementation, there will be a Phase 2 where observing blocks for LBC and scripts and MOS masks for LUCI and MODS will have to be prepared.

The assignment of observing time is intended to be completed by the end of June and phase-2 material should be submitted before August  25'th, 2014.



We do not have a fixed format for the proposal but it should not be longer than three pages and clearly state the objective of the project and a justification for the amount of observing time requested. Please add the new coversheet to the application in pdf format. When you have filled out the template please print it to a pdf file using your browser printing function if you cannot save it directly, Alternatively you may also provide the requested information in a similar way in a similar format using your preferred text processing system.

Selection criteria for the present call:

  • Scientific merit as assessed by the TAC. Be aware that the TAC members will be from various scientific areas. Proposals avoiding jargon and expressing their cases in simple terms may find it easier to convince the TAC.
  • Perspective to generate visible and publishable scientific output on relatively short timescales.
  • High likelihood that a proposal can be completed within the current period. This criterion certainly favors short (few hours) programs over long ones. It also favors programs that are less demanding in terms of observing conditions.
    • Due to the low pressure factor for observations under marginal conditions a new category of back-up programs has been established. These programs will not be counted against our share of 'good' condition observations, so such programs are particularly welcomed! If you have such a proposal, please make it expressly clear that it belongs to this category.

Links with technical information about the LBT, the available instruments and their performance can be obtained from the LBT web pages and we also have created a new LBT resource page with additional relevant information here.



Phase-2 preparations for accepted proposals for the LBT includes a clear description of the observations to be carried out, LUCIFER scripts or LBC Observing Blocks, and the preparation of an ASCII file containing the primary constraints (coordinates, seeing, cloudiness, time constraints, etc). Note that MOS observations require MOS masks to be produced well in advance of the observing run, so data for producing the masks should be made available before August 25'th, 2014.
The Phase-2 material should be send to the e-mail address: as a gzipped tar-file.


With the best regards on behalf of the ISC,


Jesper Storm (AIP LBT observing contact person)