LBTB call for proposals 2017B

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 2017B semester (Sep.1, 2017-Jan. 31, 2018). The AIP share is about 27 hours of which about half will be allocated for PEPSI polarimeter commissioning 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 coming 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 and submission.

Please check the instrumentation offered at this LBTO webpage. Note in particular the new opportunities for high spatial resolution modes with LUCI including the adaptive optics mode and the enhanced seeing mode (laser guide stars). The information on the instruments and their use is available from this LBTO web page


8:00am, Tuesday, May 30, 2017


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 June and phase-II material should be submitted before July. 24'th, 2017 to (with a Cc to jstorm).


We do not have a fixed format for the proposal but the scientific justification should not be longer than one page. Another two pages can be used for the technical justification, references and figures. Please make sure that you clearly state the objective of the project and give a justification for the amount of observing time requested. Please use the new Phase-I Tool (pit) for preparing and submitting 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. The concrete criteria which will be applied and which should be specifically addressed in the proposal include:
  • The relevance and importance of the proposal within the area of specialization
  • The scientific merit in the larger context of astronomical research
  • The suitability of the experimental design to achieve the scientific goals (technical feasibility/potential problems with the data)
  • The significance of the proposed observations for the completion of the project
  • The likelihood that the researchers will complete the project and publish their results (adequacy of available resources and foreseen visibility)
  • Status of previous LBT time allocations
  • 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 there is a category of back-up programs. 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 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 and MODS 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 all phase-II material including mask files should be made available before July.24'th, 2017.
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)