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The OPTICON call for Transnational Access in Semester 2021B is OPEN and will close on 1st March 2021

We are pleased to announce that the 2021B call for observing time at optical/IR telescopes supported by the forthcoming OPTICON-Radionet Pilot project is now open. The call will close on 1st March 2021 at 23.59 UT exactly. The Telescopio Nazionale Galileo offers 10 nights from October 1st, 2021 to March 31st, 2022. GIARPS configuration is selectable via Northstar.

See https://www.astro-opticon.org/h2020/tna/call/call-2021b.html.

This semester will be supported under the new OPTICON-Radionet Pilot project which is expected to start on 1st March 2021. From a 2021B user's point of view we expect the conditions of this new contract to be almost identical to previous calls. A move towards some combined optical and radio projects will take place over the next two years.

Please note there is a prohibition on projects which could be applied for by the PI using national mechanisms open to them to access non-national telescopes.

Note that the monitoring mode is subjected to severe limitations at TNG. The schedule is dominated by long blocks of full-nights belonging to GTO and Italian Large Programs. Queing mode is not offered at all. Service time is scheduled on fixed nights so, e.g., seeing requirements do not apply. Objects included in the TNG Protected Target List cannot be requested. Please contact the TNG staff if you have specific time constraints.

A Long-Term program on the optical counterparts of gravitational wave events is already running at TNG. Therefore, proposals on this topic will not be accepted anymore.