UCSC Remote Observing Calendars


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Keck Observatory users who need the UCSC Remote Observing stations for Mauna Kea telescopes must begin the process of requesting reservations using the WMKO Observer Login Page as described on the Keck Policy on Mainland Observing page. After Keck grants their approval of the remote observing then the local-to-UCSC arrangements can be made using the remote observing e-mail address listed below.
Keck Observers, please make remote observing reservations 3 weeks in advance in order that displaced Lick Observatory users can make their arrangements to travel to Mt. Hamilton.

Lick Observatory users who need the UCSC Remote Observing stations for telescopes on Mt. Hamilton can reserve time via e-mail
UCSC Remote Observing <ucsc-remote-obs@ucolick.org>
Please read the Policy for Shane remote observing and the Policy for Nickel remote observing. Note that remote observers must be checked out prior to using the Remote Observing stations. Arrangements for checkout should be made several weeks in advance by e-mail to
Support Astronomers <sa@ucolick.org>

The remote observing policy for the UCSC facilities respects aperture priority. This means that Keck observers will displace observers using telescopes on Mt. Hamilton. In such cases the Lick Observatory observers may have to travel to Mt. Hamilton and make arrangements to sleep in the Lick dormitories. Use of the Lick dormitories can be arranged by e-mail to
Mt. Hamilton Reservations <reservations@ucolick.org>
Mt. Hamilton observers, please make reservations 3 weeks in advance for the sake of mountain preparations and dormitory billing arrangements.

Observers who need keys to the UCSC Remote Observing rooms or who need training for the login, setup, and Polycom operations should make an appointment via e-mail
UCSC Remote Observing <ucsc-remote-obs@ucolick.org>
The keys and training are not available at all hours of every day, so please make the appointment several days in advance of the observing.

Since June 2013 both facilities are in Natural Sciences 2 Room 170. They have the following characteristics:

Remote Observing #1 Remote Observing #2
Keck Mainland-only mode Available Available
Keck Eavesdrop mode Available Available
uninterruptible power duration hours hours
failover telecomm (ISDN) Yes Yes
alternate computer Yes No
Lick telescopes Available Available

Remote Observing room usage for dates before April 2013 is still available at this old calendar page.