Effective from 1 August 2012, please note the new policy (below) regarding Support Astronomer availability.
If you are experiencing problems, have operations questions, or are
requesting permission to open during remote observing, please try to contact
the Telescope Technician (TT) first at
- (408) 238-0652 (120" Readout Room)
- (408) 238-4267 (electronics lab)
If you have a technical question, need a refresher course on an
instrument/telescope, or you can't reach a TT, contact the support astronomer
Support astronomers (SA) are generally available from early
afternoon until sunrise. Due to short staffing, TTs and SAs may not
always be available. Please try all the numbers listed for the SA on
duty and ALWAYS leave messages at each number you call. If you
can't reach the on-duty SA, please try again in a few minutes. If that
fails, try contacting an off-duty SA. If you can't reach an SA by
phone, send an email to all of them and that will likely get a
response from whomever is available.
The calendar is marked with the first initial of the SA who is on
duty. If there is more than one, then several SAs are required that
date. If there is a number beside the initial, that person is only on
for that portion of the night (typically split at midnight). SVP and
MOS are public nights at the 36" telescope.
All Support Astronomers email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All Technical Staff (on and off mountain): email@example.com
Elinor Gates (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(408) 238-9610 (office)
(408) 202-1691 (work cell)
Paul Lynam (email@example.com)
(408) 238-9617 (office)
(408) 238-0647 (alternate office)
(408) 398-7526 (OFFMOC/work cell)
|1-meter Nickel||(408) 238-4274|
|3-meter Shane||(408) 238-0652|
|36 inch Refractor||(408) 238-0656|
|APF/Astrograph ||(408) 238-4270|
|Crossley || (408) 238-4269
Dome Mechanic - (and for morning dewar fills)
Telescope/Dome Supervisor - Kostas Chloros (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Starting August 2012 the following changes will be made to the support
astronomer's on-call availability.
- On-Mountain On-Call (ONMOC): Refers to the SA being physically
on the mountain to support any observational needs on any of the
active telescopes. Nominal time period is 2pm - Sunrise.
- Off-Mountain On-Call (OFFMOC): Refers to the SA being anywhere,
including off the mountain. He/she will have a cell phone and will be
as respondent to calls as he/she is able.
SAs will be ONMOC for an average of 10 nights each per month.
An SA will provide ONMOC support for every night of a PI change
on the Shane 3m, unless the PI declines such support in writing.
The remainder of nights (if any) for ONMOC support will be
designated to optimally balance staffing, science, and operations.
Scheduling of the Nickel Telescope and CAT will be done to minimize
ONMOC without compromising scientific requests.
SAs will make themselves available for OFFMOC for as many
nights as they can accommodate per month.
Frequently, Support Astronomers may be physically present at the summit
even when designated as OFFMOC. Support Astronomers OFFMOC availability
may be limited by cell coverage. Please note that cell coverage around
the summit of Mount Hamilton and on Mount Hamilton Road is limited which
may compromise or disable communications.