NASA Keck observers now have access to two remote observing facilities (ROFs) at Caltech and at Yale. Please note that other ROFs are also available and NASA users with access to these may use them, however access arrangements must be made with those ROFs directly (i.e. independent of NExScI). Note that use of the Caltech or Yale ROFs is not required of NASA Keck users wanting to observe remotely.
NASA Keck observers who do want to make use of the Caltech or Yale ROFs are required to follow the procedure described at the WMKO Mainland Observing Policies page and summarized below. This process should be started at least 4 weeks prior to the scheduled observing run.
W. M. Keck Observatory Policy on Mainland Observing
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Between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm on weekdays, you must have a Caltech parking permit in order to park in one of the Caltech parking areas or parking structures. Street parking is regulated by the city of Pasadena and overnight parking on the street is not allowed without a permit. Therefore, parking on the street is not recommended. Parking structure #3, along California Blvd., is just south of the Cahill building and we suggest you park here, using the commuter stalls only. Overnight parking is allowed in this structure.
Visitor permits may be purchased at the rate of $2 for the first hour, $1 per subsequent hour up to $6 per day, or $18 per week. A $6 daily permit is valid through the end of the business day on which the permit is purchased. Visitor parking permits may be purchased at automated pay stations (see map). Alternatively, one-time use, scratch off daily parking passes can be purchased for $3 ahead of time from the Caltech parking office during normal business hours.
Please note that hourly or daily parking permits are valid only on the day they are purchased. For example, if you arrive on a weekday afternoon, you must purchase a permit to cover the time until 5 pm on that day and a new permit must be purchased for use on the next day starting at 7 am.
updated May 13, 2011