Science Verification for VISIR Upgrade

Published: 16 Nov 2015
VISIR at the UT Cassegrain focus

An integral part of the commissioning of a new instrument at the VLT is the Science Verification (SV) phase. SV programmes include a set of typical scientific observations that should verify and demonstrate to the community the capabilities of the new instrument in the operational framework of the VLT Observatory. The VISIR Upgrade project includes new observing modes – Sparse Aperture Masking and Coronography, as well as the newly recommissioned Burst Mode. Applications for VISIR SV are invited.

In accordance with its SV Policy and Procedures, ESO encourages the community to submit highly challenging or risky science observations that will push new observing modes of VISIR and the VLT to its limits in order to better understand the performance parameter space and its envelope. Such observations should focus on the core modes of the instrument in order to benefit a wide community. The call for proposals for VISIR SV can be found here.
The deadline for VISIR SV proposals is 15 December 2015, 18:00 Central European Time.