NASA Keck Remote Observing

At-Home ("pajama mode") Observing: Keck will continue to support up to two observers for at-home observing: one primary and one secondary observer. Click here for more informaiton. Note that first time observers are required to travel to WMKO for their observations if possible.

If a NASA Keck observer does not wish to observe from WMKO Headquarters in Waimea, they have access to two remote observing facilities (ROFs) at Caltech/IPAC (Pasadena, CA) and Yale (New Haven, CT). The Caltech/IPAC ROF is new as of September 2022 and more information on the access procedure will be provided here soon.

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.

    If you are using the Yale ROF, read the Quick guide to the Yale ROF to get started.

    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.

    (last updated September 27th, 2022 14:41:59)