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September 2, 2014

To: Observers on the Lick Observatory Small Telescopes

From: Claire Max, Interim Director

Re: Fourth Quarter 2014 Small Telescope + APF Observing Requests
(November 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015)

Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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 Fourth Quarter 2014.

The application process begins now and will end promptly at 5:00 PM PST on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

The APF 2.4m is available for observing in the Fourth Quarter of 2014.

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:

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 along with instructions on how to submit the accompanying science description.

Scheduling for this quarter will still be done on a nightly basis. For high cadence programs or Target of Opportunity observations, please contact the APF manager, Brad Holden (

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

You will find the on-line Cover Sheets 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.

Remote observing 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:

Important: The CAT will only be offered on a restricted basis. Users who wish to apply for CAT time in 2014 Quarter 4 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, Interim Director
Director’s Office
UCO/Lick Observatory
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064