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March 17, 2014

To: Observers on the Lick Observatory Small Telescopes

From: Sandra Faber, Interim Director

Re: Second Quarter 2014 Small Telescope Observing Requests
(May 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014)

Deadline: April 4, 2014

This Call is for Requests for Observing Time on the Small Telescopes (40-inch Nickel, CAT, and 36-inch Refractor) for Second Quarter 2014.

The application process begins now and will end promptly at 5:00 PM PST on April 4, 2014.

The on-line proposal system is described at

You will find the on-line Cover Sheets at

Important: The CAT will only be offered on a restricted basis. Users who wish to apply for CAT time in 2014 Quarter 1 should contact Graeme Smith ( before submitting a request.

The Nickel 1-meter (40-inch) telescope and Direct Imaging Camera (CCD-C2) are equipped for remote operation and are available for such use. Only observers with experience observing locally with the Nickel telescope and Direct Camera are eligible to observe remotely. For new remote observers, an additional checkout must be completed on site, using the local host zola to simulate remote operation. A second checkout on the first night of actual remote observing, conducted via video-conferencing, is also required.

Remote observing must be done from one of the mainland approved sites. Proposals for remote observing must specify the facility from which the observer will be working and include a list of up to four filters and the order in which they are to be installed. In all other ways, the remote proposal process is the same as for local observing.

If you plan to submit a remote observing proposal, please consult the webpages for Remote Observing Policy and for Remote Operation of the Nickel 1-m Telescope and Direct Imaging Camera before preparing your proposal.

Please make a realistic estimate of the number of nights you will need for your program. Include enough information in your requests so that we fully understand the scientific aims of your proposed program and, specifically, what observations you plan to make.


Sandra Faber, Interim Director
Director’s Office
UCO/Lick Observatory
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064