The 108th Observing Programmes Committee (OPC) met online during May and June 2021. Based on the committee's recommendations to the ESO Director General, a total of 2419 (8-hour equivalent) nights of Designated Visitor Mode and Service Mode observations were allocated on the VLT/VLTI, VISTA, VST, the 3.6-metre and NTT, and APEX telescopes. The submission deadline for Phase 2 Service Mode observations is Thursday 12 August, 2021; see the separate announcement for further details.
Period 108 Telescope Allocation
On the VLT, the balance between Visitor and Service Mode in Period 108 was about 14/86, excluding filler programmes. New and ongoing Large Programmes on the VLT occupy about 20% of the allocation. The time committed to Large Programmes on the 3.6-metre and NTT is 54% and 42%, respectively.
The outcome of the time allocation was communicated to the Principal Investigators of proposals submitted for Period 108 on Thursday 15 July, 2021.