IUCAA Girawali Observatory


Observing Time Allotment for Cycle 2013A

IUCAA Girawali Observatory is set up at a location which is about 80km Pune city, off Pune-Nasik Road and near the historical Junnar town. In addition to catering to the needs of astronomers in general, this observatory is unique in setting aside a certain amount of time specifically for training as well as observational proposals arising from Indian Universities.

The telescope was manufactured by Telescope Technologies Ltd.,Liverpool, UK, under a contract through the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), UK. It was handed over to IUCAA after installation and commissioning on February 14th, 2006. The observatory was formally inaugurated and the telescope dedicated to the astronomy community by Prof. Yash Pal on May 13th, 2006. After a phase of performance and science verification programmes, the observatory opened for regular observations in November 2006.

The time for observations is allotted by TAC from October to May in two proposal cycles each of four months duration. The deadline for submission of proposals for the period October to January is July 15 and for the period February to May it is November 15.

"The usual call for proposals for the forthcoming observing season is being suspended due to technical problems with the telescope, mainly to do with the autoguider.  The user community will be informed as soon as the telescope becomes available for regular observations."