In keeping with its role as the National Facility for optical/infrared astronomy, SAAO makes telescope time available to qualified astronomers and post-graduate students in South Africa and at SALT partner institutes. A certain percentage of time is also granted to astronomers from around the world, to promote scientific and technological collaboration and to promote the exchange of ideas and information.
This is a discussion forum for professional astronomers in South Africa taking place in Cape Town from 8 – 9 September 2022. For more information, and to register:
The rota for telescope time allocations can be viewed via the link below.
Please accept your proposal if you have received observing time.
The Sutherland Telescopes Users’ Committee (STUC) exists to advise the director on scientific, technical and operational issues relating to the running of the SAAO telescopes in Sutherland.
With first light in 2023, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory will undertake the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), imaging a large fraction of the available sky every few days. The South African LSST Programme is managed by the South African LSST Committee through the SA Program Lead and the Program Manager, who are based at SAAO.
The task team should be seen as representative of the South African professional astronomy community, and should form a bridge between government structures and the community.