An insider's guide to observing with WINTER

Friday, January 19, 2024 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Building 37, #252/272
70 VASSAR ST, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Wide-field Infrared Transient ExploreR (WINTER) is a recently commissioned infrared time-domain astronomy instrument developed at the MIT Kavli Institute (MKI). In January 2024 WINTER is moving into full-time science survey operating mode, after a 6-month commissioning period dedicated to characterizing and optimizing the performance of the infrared camera and telescope platform.

As the observatory switches to science operations, 15% of WINTER’s observing time is allocated to open proposals within MIT. In this workshop, we will prepare potential interested users of the WINTER telescope to propose for observing time from MIT’s allocated general observing time. This workshop will be led by members of the MKI instrument team, and is targeted at members of the MKI and broader MIT community interested in potentially observing with WINTER or just interested to learn more about this new facility.

In the first half hour of the session, we will describe in detail the capabilities, status, and survey strategy of the WINTER observatory. The second half hour will be dedicated to a detailed walkthrough of the proposal process. Participants who would like to practice submitting a demo proposal should bring their laptops for hands-on Q&A with the WINTER team.

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winter, telescope, camera, instrument, infrared, transient

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