Leave a Comment It has been decided by the PIs of MMIRS and Megacam to leave both instruments at Magellan for the next several years as long as they are being scientifically productive there.
This will allow people to plan long term projects at Magellan. The reasoning behind this is several-fold:
1) The overhead for moving the instruments in terms of both mechanical and software support is quite substantial, not to mention the risk involved in the move.
2) The better seeing and photometric conditions at Las Campanas make it a better place to do Megacam imaging projects.
3) Both UA and CfA have access to Magellan, so they will have access to the instruments.
This will be readdressed if they are not being productive in Chile.