Submit a Proposal to the Southern African Large Telescope for SALT Phase 1

Southern African Large Telescope

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) announces a call for SALT Phase 1 proposals for the period 01 November 2019 – 30 April 2020 (2019 Semester 2).

The Phase 1 proposal deadline is Wednesday, 31 July 2019, at 18:00 SAST (corresponding to 16:00 UTC).

This proposal call is for SALTICAM, RSS, HRS, and BVIT. All details of the status of specific instrument modes are available in the Call for Proposals link below, including changes from previous semesters.

Please submit your proposal via the SALT Principal Investigator Proposal Tool (PIPT). Instructions, software, and other information about proposing for SALT can be found on the SALT website.

Call for Proposals, including a link to information document:

Instructions for submitting your proposal:

Download the PIPT software:

All questions regarding this proposal call should be addressed to

About the Southern African Large Telescope

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the largest in the world. It has a hexagonal primary mirror array 11 metres across, comprising 91 individual 1m hexagonal mirrors.

SALT is situated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) field station near the small town of Sutherland, in the Northern Cape province, about 400 km from Cape Town. SALT is funded by a consortium of international partners from South Africa, the United States, Germany, Poland, India, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The telescope has been in full science operation since 2011 and is realising its huge potential as Africa’s Giant Eye on the Universe.

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