Yale Time Allocation Committee

Proposal due dates

Proposals are solicited for Yale observing time on the telescopes to which Yale has access. Unless otherwise stated, full proposals are due at 17:00:00 Eastern time.  

Each Fall, the Yale TAC also accepts Large Proposals on the Palomar 200-inch telescope for the entire year. The Palomar Large Proposal are due on the same day as the main proposal deadline. Large proposals are defined as a minimum of 8 proposed nights with requested time in either semester (e.g., 8+ nights in either Fall, Spring or spread over both).   We will reserve up to half of our allocation (~25 nights total) for large requests.

The 2024B proposal deadline is March 15, 2024 5PM

For 2024B we have the following allocation:

  • K1:   1D  +  2G  +  3L  =  6

  • K2:   2D  +  2G  +  2L  =  6

  • Palomar P200: 7D + 8G + 5L = 20 

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Proposal forms and submission (Yale astronomers only)

  • Please see our internal Forms & Policies page for pre-proposal and proposal forms.

Additional telescope-specific instructions for proposal submission:

Completed PDF proposals and cover sheets / confirmations (where applicable) should be sent to Robyn Lisone (at yale . edu) before the deadline (as above).

Submitted proposals are posted on a password protected website for TAC review.

Abstracts of proposals that have been awarded time.

TAC procedures

The astronomy department revised its telescope allocation procedures in 2008 and reviewed them in December of 2009. The procedures can be found in this document.