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1 Marc Balcells Director, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade

2 Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes  ING operates three telescopes for UK, NL, ES  Oldest, largest ORM user institution  At ORM since 1982  ~40 staff, 25 years operating telescopes  Leading scientific production  Currently planning for next 10 years WHT4.2m INT2.5m JKT1.0m (not offered) IoA Cambridge

3 Instrumentation WHT developed as versatile telescope with easy switching between focal stations 2012 March 22 3 RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade

4 Program of Visiting Instruments Successful program of easy deployment of private instruments  SAURON  PNS  PlanetPol  ExPo  INTEGRAL  ULTRACAM  FastCam  GHaFaS  SPIFS Future PAUCam AOLI Lucky Imager 2012 March 22 4RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade

5 Test-bed for E-ELT technologies CANARY system for multi-object adaptive optics (MOAO) for EAGLE (E-ELT) Durham, UKATC, Paris-LESIA, Marseille, ING Phase A (NGS) successful Now preparing Phase B, 4 LGS, open loop March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 5

6 Training  ING resident student programme  4 PhD students spend 1 yr at ING  Manage and support all INT observations  Many PhD students learn to be astronomers at ING  student selection open  Deadline 2012 April 6  March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 6

7 Collaboration with GTC  An ING-GTC alliance at ORM: the T&Inet MoU  ING-GTC Telescope and Instrumentation Network  Signed 2011  Collaboration projects  OSIRIS cryostat (2011 Jan – June)  Alignment of GTC primary mirror segments(ongoing)  Potential for growth 2012 March 22 7 RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade

8 WHT usage, oversubscription  Spain oversubscr:  Remains high after accession to ESO  VLT oversubscr: March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 8  Spain: increasing demand

9 High-impact scientific productivity 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 9 Forthcoming paper: Benn & Jiménez-Luján, Scientific impact of large telescopes , in prep.

10 Plans for next decade 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 10

11 Thinking ING’s future  ING Board  ING SAC  ING Manag.  STFC-NWO-IAC-GTC working group Don C. Abrams Marc Balcells Chris Benn Juan Martínez Ian Skillen Don C. Abrams Marc Balcells Chris Benn Juan Martínez Ian Skillen Paul Groot Amina Helmi Henk Hoekstra Mike Irwin (Chair) Ross McLure Francisco Najarro Will Percival Ismael Pérez-Fournon Paul Groot Amina Helmi Henk Hoekstra Mike Irwin (Chair) Ross McLure Francisco Najarro Will Percival Ismael Pérez-Fournon Simon Berry Ramón García López Paul Hewett Matt Jarvis Christoph Keller (Chair) Alfonso López Aguerri Ronald Stark Simon Berry Ramón García López Paul Hewett Matt Jarvis Christoph Keller (Chair) Alfonso López Aguerri Ronald Stark 2012 March RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade Pedro Alvarez Marc Balcells Ramón García-López James Hough Rafael Rebolo Ronald Stark Colin Vincent John Womersley Pedro Alvarez Marc Balcells Ramón García-López James Hough Rafael Rebolo Ronald Stark Colin Vincent John Womersley

12 4m in 10m era  Do what you do better than the 10m  Wide field astronomy 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 12

13 Strategic planning  Maintain current model of general purpose telescope 2.Build, commission WEAVE   WEAVE surveys  Retain some access to other instruments? 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 13

14  General-purpose telescope model  Introduce long-term programmes  Upgrade survey instruments  Maintain  Students, technology programmes, visitor instruments  Future visitor instruments PAUCam (2013); AOLI (2014)  Build, commission WEAVE  Talk Friday by Gavin Dalton, WEAVE PI 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 14

15 Long-term programmes  Expect increase telescope productivity  ONLY IF demmanded by the community  Requires changes in TAC processes  Common UK, NL, ES TAC for long programmes  Upgrade ‘survey’ instruments  AF2/WYFFOS  4k Red+CCD. Throughput/operational issues  ISIS, LIRIS, … 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 15

16 Why continue Northern sky access 2. Complementarity to GTC  For Spain, WHT is still ‘the’ general purpose telescope  Science  All kinds! You need to tell us  Multi-wavelength coverage of important missions  Gaia; Herschel; LOFAR; UKIDSS; … 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 16

17 Surveys in the WEAVE epoch  Scott Trager’s talk, this Friday  50%? 70%? 100% ? time to WEAVE surveys?  Spain: scientific complementarity WHT – GTC  Classical : WHT – imaging, GTC – Spectroscopy??  Alternative:  Spectroscopy, WHT: V=17=20 // GTC: V=20-23  WHT/WEAVE combined with GTC/MEGARA  Powerful opportunities for Spanish astronomy Santillana - 2a Reunión REG 17

18 Summary: we’d like your needs/plans for   Would you use WHT long-term programmes  Would you tolerate long-term programmes  Instrument upgrade requests  Coordination with other facilities  ING role in training astronomers.   Interest in retaining (some) current instruments  Interest in retaining INT  Cost impact! 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 18

19 THANKS 2012 March 22RIA Workshop - Science with ORM and CAHA in the next decade 19


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