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NASA Keck Remote Observing

If a NASA Keck observer does not wish to observed from WMKO Headquarters in Waimea, they have access to three remote observing facilities (ROFs) at Caltech (Pasadena, CA), Yale (New Haven, CT) , and at USRA (Columbia, MD).

NASA Keck observers who wish to use one of these facilities must follow the WMKO Policy on Mainland Observing which is summarized below.

This process to obtains approval for remote observing should be started at least 5 weeks prior to the scheduled observing run. For the Yale ROF, a penalty of $100 may be charged if their timeline is not followed.

    1. Log into the WMKO observer web portal

    2. From your observer login page, you can request mainland observing on the access form in one of two ways:

    • For programs on which you are the PI, your observer home page displays upcoming observing runs. Click the appropriate link to submit a mainland observing request page for that particular run.
    • If you are not the PI, or the run is not listed, use the link "Click here to submit a mainland observing request"

    Complete the form with the requested information and submit. You will receive an email confirmation following submission.

    3. What happens next?

    Your request is reviewed by the WMKO remote observing coordinator. If approved, it is then sent to (1) the support astronomer assigned to the run; (2) the mainland site manager at the observer's requested ROF; and (3) the NASA representative for approval (or denial) by each.

    Once all approvals have been granted, email is sent to the (1) requestor, (2) program PI, (3) support astronomer, (4) mainland site manager, (5) and the NASA representative. Further instructions for each ROF are shown below.

    Please note that other ROFs are also available and NASA users with access to these may use them, however arrangements must be made with those ROFs directly.

    Caltech ROF Logistical Information

    The ROF at Caltech is located in the Cahill building (1216 East California Blvd.) shown on this campus map.

    Caltech parking regulations may be found here. 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. Overnight parking is allowed in Parking Structure 3 along California Blvd., just south of the Cahill building and we suggest you park here, using the commuter stalls only.

    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.

    (last updated November 17th, 2017 15:42:48)