CFHT-Gemini exchange time.


The Gemini call for proposals is now open.
The deadline for applications from French PIs is
October 02 2019 23:59 UT.
The deadline for CA and UH PIs is as assigned via those partners' normal Gemini procedures.

Information specific to CFHT users

You will find here information specific to CFHT users that want to use the Gemini Telescopes for the 2019A call for proposal.

Time allocations

In exchange for use of GRACES and access to Espadons, the CFHT community has access to both Gemini North and South telescopes via the Gemini Call for Proposals. In 2019A a total of seven nights are available on all the instruments at Gemini North and South. These nights are divided across the CFHT community as:

  • Gemini North:
    4.06 nights for CFHT community, use of Guaranteed Time in exchange for GRACES, distributed as follows: Canada - 17.25 hours, France - 10.35 hours, UH - 10.5 hours
  • Gemini South:
    3.0 nights for CFHT community, use of Guaranteed Time in exchange for GRACES, distributed as follows: Canada - 12.75 hours and France - 7.65 hours.

The Gemini Phase I Tool

The Gemini Phase I Tool (PIT) must be used for proposal preparation and submission to all of the Gemini participating countries. It can be downloaded from the Gemini PIT page. Please consult the PIT help pages for information about proposal submission.

Canadian and UH members of the CFHT community should access Gemini time as they would normally via the Canadian and UH TACs; the additional time is folded into the Gemini partner share.

French members of the CFHT community should also apply for time using the Gemini Phase 1 Tool. Please follow these instructions to properly submit a Gemini proposal:

  • In the "Time Requests" tab, using the "Proposal Class" drop down menu, French users have to select "Queue Observing at Gemini".
  • In the "request Type" drop down menu select "Exchange Request (CFH PIs)".

Gemini instrumentation

A list of the Gemini North and South facility instruments available for the 2019A call is located at the official Gemini call for proposals webpage.

Good luck and clear skies!