LMI: Scheduling


For the foreseeable future the DCT will be scheduled classically, in half-night chunks. Nevertheless, we anticipate strong demand to comfortably accommodate synoptic or short programs. We are therefore The simpliest possibility is to slice the nights into smaller pieces. However, a more attractive alternative may be to implement a "cooperative pool" model, based upon the popular Hectospec and Hectochelle observing modes at the MMT. In this model, observers could "opt in" to the pool, and share the observing responsibilities. Alternatively, an hour or so might be set aside each night, and the scheduled observer requested to do a set of LMI observations for other observers who will someday return the favor. The exact details will depend upon discussions with the Partners and Lowell science staff, but we believe flexible scheduling will provide a better scientific capability.

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These results made use of the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory. Lowell is a private, non-profit institution dedicated to astrophysical research and public appreciation of astronomy and operates the DCT in partnership with Boston University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Maryland and the University of Toledo. Partial support of the DCT was provided by Discovery Communications. LMI was funded by the National Science Foundation via grant AST-1005313.