LBTB call for proposals 2016A

AIP Observing Time at the LBT

The German partners in the Large Binocular Telescope will be allocated a total of about 26 nights for the 2016A semester (Feb.1, 2016 -Jun.31, 2016). The AIP share is about 27 hours or 3 nights of which half will be allocated for PEPSI science demonstration time and the other half will be available for general observing programs. If you have an interesting target/project for PEPSI you are encouraged to contact Klaus Strassmeier to see if it would suitable for the science demonstration time in one of the next semesters. If you would like to use the other instruments at the LBT please follow the following instructions.

As LBT is moving forward towards a partner wide queue observing scheme some streamlining in the proposal preparation is called for. To this purpose a special Phase I Tool named "pit" is made available by the LBTO here for proposal preparation. Even if the general queue mode is still not implemented at the telescope you are kindly requested to use this tool to prepare your proposals and submit them in pdf format to the mail address with a Cc to jstorm (at

Please check the instrumentation offered at this LBTO webpage. Note in particular that MODS and LUCI will be offered in binocular mode on a shared risk basis! The information on the instruments and their use is being reorganized and a central source for information will be this LBTO web page


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

Deadline for applications:  8:00am, Monday, November 16, 2015


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-II 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 November and phase-II material should be submitted before December  16'th, 2015.


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 use the new Phase-I Tool (pit) for preparing your proposal. Your three page justification can be attached as a pdf file from within the tool.

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 this will be consolidated in the future on this page. We also have an LBT resource page with additional relevant information here.


Phase-II 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 README file in ASCII format containing the primary constraints (coordinates, seeing, cloudiness, time constraints, etc). A template README file is available here. 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 December 16'th, 2015.
The phase-II 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)