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Magellan Telescope Instruments: Organizing the Future. The Problem. Six facility instruments and one P.I. instrumet currently in use: IMACS, PANIC, MagIC, LDSS3, MIKE, MIKE fibers, POETS (P.I.)

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The Problem

  • Six facility instruments and one P.I. instrumet currently in use: IMACS, PANIC, MagIC, LDSS3, MIKE, MIKE fibers, POETS (P.I.)
  • Lots of instruments and two new foci coming: MagE, PFS (P.I.), FIRE, PISCO (P.I.), f/5, FourStar, Megacam (f/5), MMIRS (f/5), AO, MIRAC…
  • Not enough places to put them, or staff to support them all
  • Operations & Budget Committee of the Magellan Council recommendations (not yet approved, but likely to be implemented):
  • Total of 6 ports (3 on each telescope) supported
  • Number of instruments available for use be limited to at most 5 facility instruments and 1 probationary or P.I. instrument at any time
  • Reserve 1 Nasmyth port for probationary or P.I. instruments
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What are the Options?

  • Retire some of the present instruments: e.g., retire PANIC when FourStar is ready
  • Support some instruments in campaign mode: e.g., f/5 instruments
  • Limit the suite of instruments supported each semester to 6
  • ???
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How to Do It?

  • Finish commissioning present instruments: IMAC & MIKE nearly there, LDSS3 and MagIC close, PANIC & MIKE fibers ??
  • Make sure that all instruments currently being built follow the commissioning procedures for facility and P.I. instruments: This will give us a much better idea of the support requirements of each instrument
  • Come up with a plan which takes into account support requirements and scientific priorities

This is a job for the SAC!

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An Interesting Table *

Support Effort represents the mean of independent estimates made by M. Phillips, F. Perez, M. Roth, D. Osip, M. Navarrete, E. Cerda

* Thanks to the Operations & Budget Committee of the Council

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What are the First Steps?

  • Update the “Magellan Instrument Procedures and Policies” (formerly “Magellan Facility Instrument Policy”)
  • This document has been modified by A. Uomoto to:
    • Include User instruments (a.k.a. P.I. instruments)
    • Change relationship between instrument builders and observatory staff from “vendor-customer” to one more akin to “collaborators”
  • Get the teams currently building Magellan instruments to follow all of the steps in the policy