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Welcome to the home page of the International Telescopes Support Office

The International Telescopes Support Office (ITSO, formerly the Australian Gemini Office or AusGO) hosted by the Australian Astronomical Observatory coordinates Australian usage of large offshore facilities including the Gemini 8.1 metre telescopes in Hawaii and Chile; the Keck 10 metre and Subaru 8.2 metre telescope in Hawaii (via a time exchange agreement with Gemini); and the Magellan 6.5 metre telescopes in Chile. ITSO is comprised of the Head of International Telescopes Support (Stuart Ryder) and Research Fellow Caroline Foster based at the AAO, and Joint AAO/Macquarie University Lecturer in Astronomy Richard McDermid.



What's new on the ITSO and Gemini web sites?


Australian astronomers use Gemini + ATCA to find "noodles" of charged particles in our Milky Way (28/01/16)

Gemini e-newscast #79 is now available (21/01/16)

The January 2016 issue of GeminiFocus, as well as a 2015 Year in Review issue, are now available (7/01/16)

Australian astronomers use Gemini + Keck to see how galaxies spin (15/12/15)

A new version of the Gemini Observing Tool (OT) for 2015B and 2016A is now available for download (4/12/15)

A new and improved Gemini Science Archive is now available (26/11/15)



The Winning Image from our 2013 Student Contest!

Image credit: Isobelle Teljega (St Margaret's Anglican School), Travis Rector (U. Alaska Anchorage), and the Australian Gemini Office

The face-on spiral galaxy IC5332.
Image proposed by Year 8 student Isobelle Teljega.




International Telescopes Support Office, itso -@- aao.gov.au