the Bok Telescope?
With the retirement of Dennis Means in April 2013,
Steward Observatory will phase out the telescope operator's position at
the Bok Telescope on Kitt Peak. Observers should plan to begin learning the
the telescope control system (TCS) and guiding system during their next
observing run at the 90". Those having observing experience with the 61"
Kuiper Telescope should find this to be a straightforward transition, as
the software is the same at both telescopes. All observers will be given
support by Mountain Operations personnel, especially at the beginning of
of their nights until they are sufficiently trained to safely operate the
the telescope themselves. Therefore, as with the 61" telescope, users will
now be responsible for being certified to use the telescope as well as the
for their science programs. An on-line manual is now available
explain the operation procedures of the Bok Telescope.
Certification of observers to operate the telescope are covered in the
Users of the SO Kitt Peak Dorm:
The Steward Observatory Kitt Peak
dormitory is now wired for the Internet. Look for the plug-in socket on the east
wall in the common room on both levels of the dorm.
ATTENTION ALL 90Prime USERS:
You MUST specify the filters that you wish to use on the Observing
Run Preparation Form that MUST be submitted before your
run begins. Failure to do so will result in having to use the filters
that the previous observer chose for their observing run. Remember,
observers and telescope operators are NOT able to change filters
in the 90Prime filter wheel. In the cases where an Observing Run
Preparation Form was not supplied to you, or you've been awarded TBS time
and there is not enough time to issue a form, the observer is
required to contact the Operations group (send email to
and directly relay your filter selection BEFORE the day of
the start of the observing run.
Catalog capabilities. Observing
catalogs should now be anonymously "ftp'd" to
The only alternative method to transfer a catalog file to bokpc1 is via
Ftp will only work if you are inside the SO Kitt Peak firewall
(e.g., from computers
located in the 90-inch telescope control room -- you can transfer catalogs
to bokpc1 from your laptop once you've connected your machine to the network
in the control room).
telescope control system (TCS) has the capability of reading MMT-style
object catalogs. Description of the MMT catalog format can be found
Remember that your catalog needs to be named with a .cat extension so that
it can be read by TCS.
also can automatically creates a catalog of objects acquired during each
night for easy reacquisition at a future date or time.
ATTENTION ALL USERS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
FACILITIES AT THE SUMMIT OF KITT PEAK:
In the past there have been several problems with room assignments at the Steward
Because of these incidents, the dormitory reservation policy will be
Please review the current dormitory policies.
Rooms 1 and 2 are set aside for observers using the Bok Telescope.
Room 5 is set aside for Spacewatch observers.
Any use of rooms 3, 4, 6, or 7 MUST be reserved in advance.
To reserve a room, contact Carmen Otero
email with your complete request as soon as possible since assignments for rooms
3, 6, and 7 are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Current dorm room assignments can be viewed at
Observers needing keys to the facility need to see Carmen Otero
in Room 358 (621-7659; firstname.lastname@example.org).
If Erica is not available, keys can be checked out by observers from Room N205
(within the Director's suite; 621-1829)
Please make sure that you promptly return borrowed keys after the end of your
DHCP at the 90".
Observers can connect their computers to the Network via
non-DHCP ("static") connections are
network interface has been developed by Dave Harvey and Gary Schmidt
for communication between instrumentation and the telescope computer.
This should greatly simplify the request for telescope position and status,
as well as for issuing guide commands, offsets, and raster sequences.
PI Instrumentation Policy: To allow time for
the instrument technicians to return to Tucson before the end of the workday,
a PI instrument and observer must arrive on the mountain sufficiently early
in the day that the instrument can be mounted, checked-out, and the telescope
balanced by 3:30pm.
1) At the start of their observing
run, observers should RESET the bokobs account on bok. In
addition, it is a good idea to change the PASSWORD of the bokobs
account. Make sure that you accurately record the new password in the space
provided on the control room white board.
2) Observers need to make sure that they
are completely done using bok by 1:00 P.M. following the final night of
their observing run. bokobs may be reset at any time past 1:00 P.M.
following your final night of observing and may be reset earlier
unless observatory staff and/or the incoming observers are not notified
3) Potential new observers must make sure
to become certified with the telescope, appropriate instrument(s), and follow the procedures
for reserving dorm rooms and meals. These and other policies are
spelled out in the Guidelines For Observing
at the UAO Telescopes and the Operations Manual, which all observers must study.