Applying for telescope time
To apply for observing time at a CfA facility, the CfA
must be your primary affiliation and you must be resident
at a CfA facility. CfA staff on leave or sabbatical may also
apply for time. Proposals for CfA facilities are submitted
using a web-based form.
Within a month or so after the proposal deadline, the
meets to rank proposals and allocate time. Once observing schedules
are official, observers can start to plan their observing runs.
Planning your observing run
To plan observing runs, all observers should contact the
appropriate instrument scientist or an experienced CfA observer.
Unlike NOAO, CfA observing facilities such as the FLWO, MMTO,
and Magellan do not provide an instrument scientist at the
telescope or a software scientist to assist with data reduction
after your observing run. Thus, it is the observer's responsibility
to prepare for the run and to learn about changes in the hardware
and software since their last observing run.
New observers should take extra time to prepare for their
observing run. If you are not familiar with a telescope or an
instrument, you must learn how to operate the instrument from an
experienced observer. Usually, arriving at the telescope several
days before your observing run will give you enough experience.
Please read the appropriate set of guidelines to help you to prepare
for your run.
FLWO Observing Policies
All observers visiting
FLWO or the MMT should read the driving policies.
While on the mountain, it is important to drive safely and to understand
that rapidly changing weather conditions can make driving hazardous.
The TDC staff can also assist with instrument preparation
for FLWO and MMT instruments. Here are some useful links.
For additional information, you can also access these sites:
There is also an interactive
tour of Mt. Hopkins
Although scheduled observers may invite guests to watch operations
at the MMT, the MMTO has a strict visitor
policy that requires approval from the MMTO Director of Operations,
Dr John Glaspey. The TAC strongly supports this policy and recommends that
observers read the policy before traveling to the MMTO.