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2022-12-05

[SALT eNews] Konferencja Naukowa SALT 1-3 czerwca 2023

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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) community to join us for a conference “Science Highlights from SALT”, to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 1-3 June 2023. The conference aims to present the main achievements enabled by SALT and look forward to the most, also potentially, promising fields for SALT Science.
We hope that this meeting will provide an opportunity for the present and future SALT users to discuss scientific highlights, upcoming projects as well and strategic plans for future, and to promote close working relationships between scientists from different partner institutions and with different professional experience.
The conference is organized by Polish SALT Telescope Foundation and Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of Polish Academy of Sciences.

To find more details and to register please go to the conference website at https://salt2023.pl/.
We encourage you to register as soon as possible, since the attendance at the workshop will be limited to 80 participants. If you wish to make an oral presentation you must submit your title and abstract by 31 January, 2023 and we shall inform speakers soon after 15 February. If you apply for financial support (which is limited) the deadline is also 31 January, 2023.
Please distribute this announcement to your colleagues.
We are looking forward to your participation.

On behalf of the SOC and LOC,
Joanna Mikołajewska & Marek Sarna

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2022-08-26

[SALT eNews] Biuletyn SALT sierpień 2022

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Dear SALT community,

Please find the August issue of our SALT Newsletter here:

https://www.salt.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/SALT_Newsletter_aug2022.pdf

This issue's highlight (by far) is the achievement of the long awaited NIR first light! Everyone is excited, and you all get the chance to try it out soon. Also, the RSS updates are progressing nicely, and you hear about some results of the questionnaire that made the rounds a while ago.

We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy!

Sincerely,
The SALT Operations team

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2022-07-04

[SALT eNews] Blog o wydarzeniach SALT

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Hi all,

A quick reminder about the SALT Happenings blog, since things are ramping up on the NIR front!

https://salthappenings.blogspot.com

Cheers
Lisa

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2022-06-30

[SALT eNews] Oprogramowanie do składania wniosków obserwacyjnych

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Dear Colleagues,

Updated versions of the SALT Principal Investigator Proposal Tool (PIPT) and RSS simulator that include the NIR and PG0700 grating are now available through the SALT website: https://astronomers.salt.ac.za/software/

For more information on the current call for proposals, please see the email below and the Call for Proposals documentation on the SALT website (https://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/).

Any queries can be directed to salthelp(at)salt.ac.za

Kind regards, SALT Astronomy Operations



2022-06-22

[SALT eNews] Konkurs wniosków obserwacyjnych na semestr 2022-2

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Dear Colleagues,

We are now accepting SALT Phase 1 proposals for the period 1 November 2022 - 30 April 2023 (2022 Semester 2).

The Phase 1 proposal deadline is Friday, 29 July 2022, at 18:00 SAST (corresponding to 16:00 UTC ).

This proposal call is for SALTICAM, RSS, HRS and NIR. All details of the status of specific instrument modes are available in the Call for Proposals link below, including changes from previous semesters.

There are three major changes to highlight in this call:

1 - The NIR Integral Field Spectrograph is being offered for the first time, on a shared risk basis. The instrument is being installed at the telescope and it is expected to be commissioned during August/September. A document has been prepared by the NIR PI (link below) with the expected performance of the instrument to enable our users to estimate their time requests and the technical feasibility of their proposals for this phase 1 call. Please note that the phase 2 for this instrument will have its own separate deadline, which will be communicated to everyone once the instrument performance characteristics are known and the tools are ready.

2 - The RSS grating PG0300 will be permanently replaced with the new PG0700 grating.

3 - The SALTICAM imaging overheads have been increased significantly, to match the actual telescope performance.

Please submit your proposal via the SALT Principal Investigator Proposal Tool (PIPT), but please wait a couple of days if you plan to use the PG0700 grating on RSS or the NIR for the updated PIPT to be released.

Instructions, software, and other information about proposing for SALT can be found on the SALT website.

Call for Proposals, including link to information document: https://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/

Instructions for submitting your proposal: https://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/phase-i/

Download the PIPT software: https://astronomers.salt.ac.za/software/#PIPT

SALT NIR Integral Field Spectrograph - description and performance predictions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TBX9eeVlAOflmr_M8i6xohUFlfUFGnv2

All questions regarding this proposal call should be addressed to: salthelp(at)salt.ac.za

Sincerely,
SALT Astronomy Operations



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2022-05-26

[SALT eNews] Informacja zwrotna od użytkowników SALT

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Dear SALT Community,

We at SALT would like to improve our service to the SALT Community. In order to do this, we need your help: we need to know where we are dropping the ball and what would be most useful to work on. So we have prepared a simple anonymous questionnaire with NO compulsory answers to learn about any issues you’re having using SALT:

https://forms.gle/7qVgm4zu77e9hLch6

We will really welcome all of your answers - anything goes, as long as it doesn’t involve making SALT fully steerable!! ;)

It would be great if you could submit your responses by the end of the following week, Friday 10th June.

Thanks!

Encarni on behalf of the SALT Operations team

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Head of SALT Astronomy Operations
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2022-04-13

[SALT eNews] Roczny raport SALT 2021

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Dear SALT Community,

As a little Easter egg, the SALT Annual Report 2021 is ready and can be +downloaded from

https://www.salt.ac.za/2022/04/12/salt-annual-report-2021/

in both low as well as high resolution. Hard copies will become available at the SAAO in Cape Town (next week), selected national and international libraries and at SALT exhibition booths. If you want me to send you directly a hard copy, please email me with your full postal address.

Happy Easter, Anja Schroeder

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2022-04-12

[SALT eNews] Biuletyn SALT kwiecień 2022

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Dear SALT community,

Please find attached the April issue of our SALT Newsletter, also available on

https://www.salt.ac.za/2022/04/11/newsletter-april-2022/

This time we report, among others, that the NIR instrument is on its way (yay!), while the new RSS collimator triplet has already arrived. Also, the HRS has undergone some much needed maintenance.

We wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that everyone stays safe and healthy!

Sincerely,
The SALT Operations team

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2021-12-17

[SALT eNews] Biuletyn SALT grudzień 2021

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Dear SALT community,

Please find attached the December issue of our SALT Newsletter, also available on

https://www.salt.ac.za/2021/12/17/newsletter-december-2021/

This time we report on the success of the shutdown in October, give an update on the NIR instrument and the slitmask IFU, and show some the of testing the new PG0700 grating.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

Sincerely,
The SALT Operations team

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2021-12-16

[SALT eNews] Konkurs wniosków obserwacyjnych na semestr 2022-1

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear colleagues,

We are now accepting SALT Phase 1 proposals for the period 1 May 2022 - 31 October 2022 (2022 Semester 1).

The Phase 1 proposal deadline is Friday, 28 January 2021, at 18:00 SAST (corresponding to 16:00 UTC).

This proposal call is for SALTICAM, RSS and HRS. All details of the status of specific instrument modes are available in the Call for Proposals linked below, including changes from previous semesters. Note that a new grating for RSS, PG0700, will be commissioned over the next few months, and is available on a shared risk basis in the next semester.

Please submit your proposal via the SALT Principal Investigator Proposal Tool (PIPT). You may continue to use v5.5 unless you intend to use the new grating, in which case please update to the latest version available on the website. Instructions, software, and other information about proposing for SALT can be found on the SALT website. Note also that the web manager will ask for some user statistics, which the SAAO is now required to capture for reporting purposes.

Call for Proposals, including link to information document: http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/

Instructions for submitting your proposal: http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/phase-i/

Download the PIPT software: http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/software/#PIPT

All questions regarding this proposal call should be addressed to: salthelp(at)salt.ac.za

Sincerely,
SALT Astronomy Operations

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2021-10-13

Roczny raport teleskopu SALT za 2020 rok

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear SALT Community,

The SALT Annual Report 2020 has finally come out - you can find it at

https://www.salt.ac.za/2021/09/18/salt-annual-report-2020/

in both low as well as high resolution. If you want a hard copy, please email me with your full postal address.

Enjoy, Anja Schroeder

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2021-09-28

Nadchodzące daty wyłączenia teleskopu SALT

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear SALT PIs and Co-Is of 2021-1 proposals,

As mentioned in our Call for Proposals and, more recently, in our August SALT Newsletter, SALT is having a short shutdown in October. The main purpose of the shutdown, together with a description of the various tasks, was discussed in an article in the newsletter (https://www.salt.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/salt_newsletter_202109.pdf). As an update, we can now confirm that the RSS optics replacement will not happen during this shutdown.

We have now finalised the dates as follows:

10th October - last observing night.

11th October - shutdown begins.

~18th October - on sky re-commissioning and beginning of observations with HRS and SALTICAM ONLY.

~26th October - RSS on-sky re-commissioning.

~29th October - normal operations.

Please note that these dates may shift slightly, depending on how things go.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us (salthelp@salt.ac.za) if you have any questions.

Regards,

Encarni

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Head of SALT Astronomy Operations
erc@salt.ac.za



2021-08-30

[SALT eNews] Biuletyn SALT Wrzesień 2021

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear SALT community,

Please find attached our September issue of the SALT Newsletter. Among others, we report on progress with the RSS Big 5, the NIR instrument and the decision to obtain a laser frequency comb for the HRS. Our new FP postdoc reports on refurbishment plan for the LR and MR Fabry–Pérot etalons. And we look for volunteers to beta-test the new Web Manager.

We wish you all well during this challenging time of COVID-19. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

Sincerely,
The SALT Operations team


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2021-07-02

[SALT eNews] Spotkanie na temat naukowego użycia "Mini-tracker"-ów

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Dear SALT users

Please join us for an open discussion about "SALT Science with four Mini-Trackers" on Tuesday, 13 July at 15:00 SAST (13:00 UT):

https://saastrnomical.zoom.us/j/94552392231?pwd=by9HTzR3K2xpMUxkT0xTQzhoYTJ6Zz09

Before the meeting, we would like to invite you to think expansively about this concept that is being explored, by which SALT could be augmented and used to provide spectroscopic observations of thousands of additional targets per year, even while executing its normal observing queue...

The idea is to employ multiple “mini-trackers” (MTs) to take advantage of SALT's spherical primary mirror's enormous (35 degree diameter) uncorrected field of view.  These deployable devices, each with patrol fields of 100 square degrees, would be able to range around the focal sphere to access additional targets while conventional SALT observations are made with the main tracker.  A suite of up to four MTs would therefore effectively serve as a set of individual four-to-six-metre mini-SALTs, each equipped with a low-resolution spectrograph that would likely be fibre-fed.  These "telescopes" would be additionally constrained in terms of their track times and the fields they can access due to their dependence on the main tracker, but the simpler spherical aberration corrector optics would increase their throughput.

The main MT science case centres on transient follow-up for the Rubin Observatory and broader time-domain science.  However, we need to be aware of other potential opportunities that may exist and we would particularly like to get a sense of the sorts of targets (total number, sky density, brightness range) that other science areas may provide for the MTs.  An ideal project would include a vast pool of targets brighter than 21st magnitude distributed all over the sky, though only a small fraction of the total pool could be expected to be observed.  Repeat visits would also be quite unlikely with the MTs, since their patrol fields would be governed by the main tracker observing the normal SALT queue.

Please see the attached PDFs for additional information and feel free to share this message with your networks as you consider the various kinds of science that might be pursued with such a system.   If you have any specific questions before the meeting, please feel free to contact us via salthelp.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 13 July!

Kind regards

The SALT Team


 


2021-06-23

[SALT eNews] Konkurs wniosków obserwacyjnych na semestr 2021-2

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear Colleagues,

We are now accepting SALT Phase 1 proposals for the period 1 November 2021 - 30 April 2022 (2021 Semester 2).

The Phase 1 proposal deadline is Friday, 30 July 2021, at 18:00 SAST (corresponding to 16:00 UTC).

This proposal call is for SALTICAM, RSS and HRS.  All details of the status of specific instrument modes are available in the Call for Proposals link below, including changes from previous semesters.

Please submit your proposal via the SALT Principal Investigator Proposal Tool (PIPT). Instructions, software, and other information about proposing for SALT can be found on the SALT website.

Call for Proposals, including link to information document:  https://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/

Instructions for submitting your proposal:  https://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/phase-i/

Download the PIPT software: https://astronomers.salt.ac.za/software/#PIPT

All questions regarding this proposal call should be addressed to: salthelp(at)salt.ac.za

Sincerely,
SALT Astronomy Operations



2020-12-21

[SALT eNews] Konkurs wniosków obserwacyjnych na semestr 2021-1

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear Colleagues,

We are now accepting SALT Phase 1 proposals for the period 1 April 2021 - 31 October 2021 (2021 Semester 1).

The Phase 1 proposal deadline is Friday, 29 January 2021, at 18:00 SAST (corresponding to  16:00 UTC).

This proposal call is for SALTICAM, RSS and HRS.  All details of the status of specific instrument modes are available in the Call for Proposals link below, including changes from previous semesters.

Please submit your proposal via the SALT Principal Investigator Proposal Tool (PIPT). Instructions, software, and other information about proposing for SALT can be found on the SALT website.

Call for Proposals, including link to information document:  http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/

Instructions for submitting your proposal:  http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/phase-i/

Download the PIPT software:  http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/software/#PIPT

All questions regarding this proposal call should be addressed to: salthelp(at)salt.ac.za

Sincerely,
SALT Astronomy Operations



2020-12-18

[SALT eNews] Biuletyn SALT grudzień 2020

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear SALT community,

Please find attached our December 2020 issue of the SALT Newsletter - a +jam-packed edition with lots of updates on SALT's various projects :)

Happy holidays!

Sincerely,
The SALT Operations team.
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2020-07-09

[SALT eNews] Start Archiwum Danych SALT: 10 lipca 2020 r. 11:00 UT

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear SALT Community,

We are pleased to announce the launch of the SALT Data Archive tomorrow 10th July at 13:00 SAST (11:00 UT): https://ssda.saao.ac.za

The SALT Data Archive currently contains data from 1340 proposals from 2011 onwards, of which 926 are public. Public data will be available to search anonymously and also to download. Proprietary data can also be accessed by PIs and Co-Is of the relevant proposal via the SALT Data Archive, but this will require authentication (using your SALT Web Manager credentials). 

PIs whose data will be publicly available should have received an email from SALT on the 12th June containing instructions on how to extend their proprietary period (if needed). Please get in touch with us today if you are concerned and did not receive our email. 

The SALT Data Archive is the first part of a larger SALT/SAAO collaboration. It is envisaged that public SAAO data from the other telescopes will become accessible from this portal in the near future - stay tuned!

Cheers,

Encarni (on behalf of SALT Astronomy Operations)

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SALT Astronomer
sa@salt.ac.za


2020-06-22

[SALT eNews] Konkurs wniosków obserwacyjnych na semestr 2020-2

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear Colleagues,

We are now accepting SALT Phase 1 proposals for the period 1 November 2020 - 30 April 2021 (2020 Semester 2).

The Phase 1 proposal deadline is Friday, 31 July 2020, at 18:00 SAST (corresponding to 16:00 UTC).

This proposal call is for SALTICAM, RSS, HRS, and BVIT. All details of the status of specific instrument modes are available in the Call for Proposals link below, including changes from previous semesters.

Please submit your proposal via the SALT Principal Investigator Proposal Tool (PIPT). Instructions, software, and other information about proposing for SALT can be found on the SALT website.

Call for Proposals, including link to information document: http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/

Instructions for submitting your proposal: http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/phase-i/

Download the PIPT software: http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/software/#PIPT

All questions regarding this proposal call should be addressed to: salthelp(at)salt.ac.za

Sincerely,
SALT Astronomy Operations


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2020-04-23

Biuletyn SALT - kwiecień 2020

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear SALT community,

Please find attached our April issue of the SALT Newsletter. We look at how the SALT shutdown went, report on the newly installed SPS and check-in with the progress on the NIR project. Podcasts, puppies and monkeys also make an appearance ;)

We wish you all well during this challenging time of COVID-19. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

Sincerely,
The SALT Operations team
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2020-03-18

Staż po doktoracie w SAAO

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear colleagues,

We are currently advertising a SALT Postdoctoral Fellowship, please see the link below:

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/2ba8c322>

Please share as widely as possible.

Thank you, and stay safe!



Encarni



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Head of SALT Astronomy Operations
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2020-02-05

Staż po doktoracie w SAAO

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear all,

Three post-doc positions are currently being offered at the SAAO (the two links are for the same positions). We would really appreciate it if you could circulate amongst your institutions and anyone else who may be interested.

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/f0f31c9d

https://nrfintra.careerjunction.co.za/jobs/view/2353930/saao-postdoctoral-fellowships-in-cape-town-western-cape-at-national-research-foundation

We are in the process of adding these links also to the SALT website. As always, please also let us know if there are any opportunities at your institutions that you'd like to see advertised in the SALT website and/or circulated amongst the community.

Thanks!



Encarni



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Dr. Encarni Romero Colmenero
Head of SALT Astronomy Operations
erc@salt.ac.za



2020-01-27

Biuletyn SALT - styczeń 2020

Oto oryginalna wiadomość:

Dear SALT community,

Please find attached our January issue of the SALT Newsletter. We look back at accomplishments of 2019 (52 published papers!) and forward towards the Feb/March shutdown (to name but a few articles).

Happy reading!

Sincerely,
The SALT Operations team.
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