Chilean Observing on AURA-O Facilities

General Information

In general, under the agreement between AURA and the University of Chile on behalf of the Chilean astronomical community, each of the AURA Observatory astronomical research facilities reserves 10% of the scientifc observing time (or some equivalent) for the Chilean astronomical community.  

Details for Telescopes on the AURA site:

Blanco 4m & other NOAO facilities
Instrument capabilities and availability is provided on the Telescopes and Instruments webpages for NOAO proposals.  

Instrument capabilities and availability is provided on the Telescopes and Instruments webpages for NOAO proposals.  Additional information can be found on the SOAR Instrumentation webpage.

SMARTS (CTIO 0.9m, Yale 1.0m, and CTIO 1.5m)
Instrument capabilities and availability iis provided on the Telescopes and Instruments webpages for NOAO proposals.  Additional information, including telescope schedules and detailed instrument information, is provided on the SMARTS website.

University of Michigan Curtis Schmidt
The University of Michigan 0.6-m Schmidt telescope is not currently in operations.

SARA 0.6m
SARA-South is a remotely-operated 0.6m telescope sited at Cerro Tololo. Installation of a new CCD system is scheduled for late September 2011. Its  Kodak  230-42  chip will give 0.38" pixels over a 12.5-arcminute field, with better cooling and somewhat higher quantum efficiency than the current detector. Filters are currently SDSS ugriz, Bessel UBVRI, "white-light", and an old set of stepped H-alpha filters about 70 A wide with 6563, 6600, 6675, 6825, 6900, 6975 A center wavelengths. Operation uses the RAdmin remote-management software or VNC protocol (RAdmin for Windows; so far security requires that Macs use Chicken of the VNC) via the NOAO VPN (which needs a Cisco client that can be downloaded from NOAO). Our remote-operation rules require new observers to eavesdrop for parts of three nights to become familiar with the system. The telescope has its own weather station and all-sky camera.
The SARA scheduling semesters (November-April, May-October) do not match the NOAO/CTAC ones. The CTAC has already allocated time for a program running through January, so new allocations would start in February (and at the CTAC's discretion could run into the next semester, as before).

Please see the Project description at for more details.  The contact person is Dan Reihart,

The three 1.0m telescopes of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGTN) on the AURA-O site have been commissioned.  For more information contact xxxx.

KMTNet/Chile has now been commissioned, and is entering full operations as of Oct 1, 2015.  As such, 10% of the observing time will be made available to the Chilean astronomical community. Although the telescope and camera are now working reasonably reliably, the control interface is still under development and not user or multi-program friendly.  For the first year, we are therefore offering four concentrated observing blocks to provide more stable observing support over the full distribution of lunar phases, scheduled before we enter the bulge season when the control system is optimized for microlensing observations.   PENDING further confirmation, the open nights are planned to be:

10 nights: 29 Nov -  8 Dec UT = 5 days - (3rd quarter) - 5days
10 nights:  5 Jan - 14 Jan UT = 5 days - (New moon)    - 5days
10 nights: 19 Jan - 29 Jan UT = 5 days - (Full moon)   - 5days
10 nights: 11 Feb - 20 Feb UT = 5 days - (1st quarter) - 5days

A total of 40 nights are being made available to compensate for the shorter nights during this season.  For more information about the capabilities of this telescope, please see the KMTNet Telescope+Camara summary (PDF) , or send email to Chung-Uk Lee ( with cc to Chris Smith,