Observing at the VTT

View of ChroTel from the 2nd floor of the VTT right after a blizzard in Feb. 2014

VTT Observing Plan 2017:



Observing Season:

The VTT observing season typically starts in April and ends at the beginning of November (for obvious reasons - see picture to the left). Application deadlines are mid-January. 


Apply for observing time:

The VTT is open to external users. The observing time at the VTT has various quotas. All user groups are invited to apply for observing campaigns via one of the following TACs.

Spanish time (CAT Solar)

Contact Solar Cat at IAC  for more information.

German time (split between the AIPMPS, and KIS)

Contact tac@leibniz-kis.de for more information. 

SOLARNET: In 2017 there is no SOLARNET time available.

A common observing time allocation process for European Solar Telescopes was one of the achievements of the trans-national ACCESS program of OPTICON (FP7). This European Time Allocation Committee was established by EAST. The EAST TAC provides a common standard of review for all observing proposals. Observing time quotas for all European telescopes and instruments can be allocated by the EAST TAC. The EAST TAC allocates SOLARNET ACCESS time and CCI international time.

SOLARNET (I3 in FP7, High Resolution Solar Physics Network) is the solar successor of OPTICON, and started in April 2013. Main objectives are to provide access to European Solar telescopes and instruments, and to develop data pipelines such that science-ready data is easily available for users of the ACCESS program.

For the VTT observing campaigns with a typical length of 10 days are allocated. For SOLARNET campaigns, travel grants are also provided.

Contact EAST_TAC@leibniz-kis.de  for more information.

Observing Proposals

External and new users are explicitly encouraged to apply for observing time through one of the above programs. Please contact  Rolf Schlichenmaier (schliche@kis) if you are interested in observing at the VTT or if you need help. 

Proposal forms 2017 are available in the right column.

Deadlines for applications to the 2015 observing season are: