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 derermined by the demand
of both institutions. Subaru observers may apply for DEIMOS, ESI, NIRSPEC,
and NIRC2 time on Keck-II or LRIS, HIRES, MOSFIRE, and OSIRIS time on
Keck-I. Subaru instruments available to the Keck community for the
exchange in 2015B include Suprime-Cam (limited
availability), FOCAS, HDS, MOIRCS(limited
availability), IRCS (with NGS/LGSAO with 188 elements), FMOS, COMICS, and
Hyper Suprime-Cam (limited availability,
shared-risk). Please see the Subaru Call for Proposals for
instrument restrictions, particularly for S-Cam and MOIRCS. Please see the
Subaru Exchange web page for specific
details of applying for Keck time through Subaru.
- Yale joined the Keck community as a
separate Participating Institution beginning in semester 2012B and also
continues their cooperative agreement with CIT.
- 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 2015B. There is currently a hiatus in effect with
tentative plans to reinstitute the exchange in a future semester.
The proposal coversheet form for 2015B will be
available 15 February 2015 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 28 January 2015.