The Nickel 1-Meter Reflector is one of the newer telescopes on Mount
Hamilton, but occupies the oldest dome. It was put into operations in
1979, in the dome that, since 1881, had been home to the Clark 12-inch
Refractor. The 1-meter was designed by Lick personnel and built in
the Lick shops, with funds provided in a bequest from Anna L. Nickel.
The Nickel Telescope is a highly automated, modern telescope, operated
remotely from a control room adjacent to the dome or from a properly
equipped remote observing room on some of the UC Campuses. No telescope
operator is provided for the Nickel, so observers must be trained in its use
on site by a support astronomer.
The f/17 cassegrain focus is the only focus available for placing
instruments. Lick facility instruments are available for observer use
and are summarized below. Observers wishing to place their own
instrument on the telescope should consult a support astronomer to
Follow these links to: Call for Small Telescope Proposals
Nickel Observing Time Request Form All new users must be checked out by a resident astronomer on their first night. Please request support on your time application. Please direct questions to a Mount Hamilton support astronomer.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or consult the support astronomers' on-call schedule.
Nickel 1-m Telescope