for Keck Telescope Time
Each user community, University of California, Caltech,
NASA, University of Hawaii, Subaru, Yale, and the Australian National
Observatory has its own internal requirements regarding deadlines for submittal
of proposals and information required to apply for time on the Keck telescopes.
However, regardless of the institution to which the user applies, (s)he should complete the WMKO Proposal Cover Sheet Form and
submit it, along with the individual institution request forms, to the appropriate
TAC. This form is used, once a given proposal has been allotted time by its
TAC, to concatenate the approved time assignments into the master schedule.
Observers will be notified by the appropriate TAC of the fate of their proposal
and by WMKO for telescope time assignments if the proposal was accepted.
Telescope schedules will be posted on the W.M. Keck Observatory web pages
approximately two months before the beginning of the semester.
- University of California (link
gives general information about applying for Keck telescope time.) See
also Submitting a full UC proposal
for specific proposal submission instructions.
- Caltech Qualified Caltech
applicants for Caltech time on the W. M. Keck Observatory may also contact
the COO/Palomar Office in Pasadena for further information.
Swinburne University and Yale
access time on the Keck Telescopes through cooperative agreements with CIT.
- University of Hawaii This link gives
access to a tar file containing the proposal application forms. Proposals
submitted to the University of Hawaii must have a principal investigator
affiliated with the University of Hawaii.
- Subaru and Keck will continue their
exchange of several nights as in past semesters with the number of
exchange nights being determined by the demand of both institutions.
Subaru observers may apply for LRIS, HIRES, MOSFIRE, and OSIRIS time on Keck-I or DEIMOS, ESI, NIRSPEC, and NIRC2 time on
Keck-II . Subaru
instruments available to the Keck community for the exchange in 2017B
include FOCAS, HDS, MOIRCS, IRCS (with NGS/LGSAO with 188
elements), COMICS, and Hyper Suprime-Cam (limited availability).
Please note that Subaru will be unavailable for use from early October to mid December for primary mirror recoating. Please see the Subaru Call for Proposals for
instrument restrictions, particularly for HSC runs. Please see the
Subaru Exchange web page for specific
details of applying for Keck time through Subaru.
- The Australian National University (ANU)
joined the Keck community as a Participating Institution beginning in
Past Participating Institutions:
- NOAO: Observing time on the Keck
telescopes through NOAO and the Telescope System Instrumentation Program
(TSIP) ended with semester 2014A.
- Gemini and Keck will not exchange time
during semester 2017B. There is currently a hiatus in effect with
tentative plans to reinstitute the exchange in a future semester.
The proposal coversheet form for 2017B is now available through the Keck Observer Login Page. All
observers applying for Keck observing time should fill out this form. Submit
the form with your proposal to your institution if required. Please go to the Keck Observer Login Page to login to your
Keck home page or to create an account if you do not yet have one. If you have
forgotten your login name and password, help is available at the login page.
From your Keck homepage you can view your upcoming telescope runs, view your
previous semesters' coversheets, create or modify coversheets for the upcoming
semester, view and modify your contact information and profile.
page last updated 2 February 2017 ccj