• Nickel telescope at Lick Observatory's main building. Photo by Laurie Hatch.

Call for Small Telescope Proposals

To: Observers on the Lick Observatory Small Telescopes
From: Claire Max, UCO Director
Date: December 6th, 2016

First Quarter 2017 Small Telescope + APF Observing Requests (February 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017)

Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00 pm PST

This Call is for Requests for Observing Time on the Small Telescopes (40-inch Nickel, CAT, and 36-inch Refractor) and the APF 2.4-m for First Quarter 2017.

The application process begins now and will end promptly at 5:00 PM PST on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Information about the Nickel and APF telescopes can be found at:

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 observers, an additional checkout must be completed on site, using the local host zola to simulate remote operation, as well as a checkout on the first night of actual remote observing, to be conducted via video-conferencing.

Applying for time with the Nickel telescope requires firstly a submission of a coversheet followed by a scientific justification. You can access the on-line Cover Sheets for the Nickel telescope at https://spg.ucolick.org/cgi-bin/time_apps/1m/ along with instructions on how to submit the accompanying science description.

Remote observing with the Nickel telescope 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 following web pages before preparing your proposal.

Remote Observing Policy:

Remote operation of the Nickel 1-m Telescope and Direct Imaging Camera: http://mthamilton.ucolick.org/techdocs/remoteObs/nickel/intro/

The APF 2.4m is available for observing in the First Quarter of 2017. The APF is an automated facility and observers will not be directly controlling the telescope. Details of automated observations and target lists are available on the APF web site: http://apf.ucolick.org/

Applying for APF time will follow the same pattern as for the Nickel, i.e., submission of a coversheet followed by a scientific justification. You can access the on-line Cover Sheets for the APF at https://spg.ucolick.org/cgi-bin/time_apps/APF/ along with instructions on how to submit the accompanying science description (or via the URL noted below).

Scheduling APF for this quarter will still be done on a nightly basis. We accept requests for long term status as well as requests for specific observing cadences. For very high cadence, observations at a specific time, or Target of Opportunity observations, please contact Brad Holden (holden@ucolick.org).

The on-line proposal system for all telescopes in this call is also described at:

You can also 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 2017 Quarter 1 should contact Graeme Smith before submitting a request.

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.


Claire Max, UCO Director
Director's Office
UCO/Lick Observatory
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064