Telescope Time Applications & Review Process
In keeping with its role as the National Facility for optical/infrared astronomy, SAAO makes telescope time available to qualified astronomers and post-graduate students in South Africa and SALT partners. A certain percentage of time is also granted to astronomers from around the world, to promote scientific and technological collaboration and to promote the exchange of ideas and information. Availability of observing time is advertised under Rota. Time allocations will be made on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility. Proposals are reviewed by the Sutherland Telescope TAC (Time Assessment Committee) which conducts the business of providing a recommended list of observing programmes electronically. This occurs in the month following each deadline. The TAC consists of astronomers from the local and international community of users of the Sutherland telescopes. Prospective applicants for observing time should consult the pages for the telescope(s) and instrument(s) they may need to use.
Please note that the application form has been updated. The files available below must be used for all SAAO telescope time applications from 2013 QIV onwards.
The telescope time application form is a LaTeX document into which you enter details of your application. To convert it into a viewable or printable document, you need a style file as well as the form.
Use your favourite editor to insert the details into the form, make sure you have saao.sty, and then convert the form to a viewable document using LaTeX. Make sure all the details are correct and that the form prints correctly before sending the completed file to observer(at)saao.ac.za. Please submit your application as a PDF file.
Deadlines for applications are as follows:
Notes for Applicants
Reports on Research done at SAAO
Authors using observations made from SAAO should include a note in the acknowledgements section of each paper with the words 'This paper uses observations made at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)'. This information should be passed on to anyone to whom observations made at SAAO may be supplied.
Authors are requested to notify the librarian at SAAO Cape Town of any paper they publish using data obtained at SAAO.