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Astronomy Advisory Panel Draft Report - Community Input Sought

24 Oct 2012, 20:00 UTC
Astronomy Advisory Panel Draft Report - Community Input Sought

STFC recently circulated the Astronomy Advisory Panel's draft report for the upcoming STFC programmatic review.
STFC requests feedback on this draft via the linked web form. Please note the deadline, NOON OF THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER. With this
late reminder, I strongly encourage all ING users who have not yet responded to provide their input via the web form.
ING welcomes the report's consistent emphasis on the desirability of maintaining diversity of facilities in the run-up to E-ELT
and SKA, and on the importance of future UK access to a powerful MOS.

However, current and future ING users may be concerned that two critical issues receive little attention in this report. Firstly, there is almost no discussion of the requirement to maintain Northern-hemisphere access for UK optical observers. Secondly, no mention is made of a clear path that exists for providing UK users with Northern MOS access (highlighted on p16 as being required for 3 out of 7 science areas), namely via the planned WEAVE spectrograph on the WHT (2-deg field, 1000 fibres).

If the report does not reflect your views about these issues, or others, we encourage you to provide feedback on the above link. We are very grateful for the support you have given in the past to the continued involvement of the UK in the ING. Your contribution is very important for the success of the process.

Many thanks in advance,

Marc Balcells
Director ING

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