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Observing At Kitt Peak - General Overview for Observers and Staff

Proposing To Observe
How to Apply for Observing Time
Staff Contacts for Instrument Questions
On first night of observing run: Please arrive at telescope by 1:30 PM, or negotiate another time with staff contact.
KPNO and NSO User Handbook
Telescopes and Instruments
Available Telescopes and Instruments
Telescope and Instrument Documentation
Mayall 4 Meter Parameters
2.1 Meter Parameters
Observing Run Preparation
Observing Run Checklist
Kitt Peak Observing Run Preparation (ORP) Form
Coordinate Cache Submission Form
Help - Submission Form Error Messages
CCD and IR Detector Characteristics
Filter Information
Imaging Exposure Time Calculator
Spectroscopic Exposure Time Calculator
Spectral Atlas Central - for comparison arcs
Standard Star Catalogs Available

Kitt Peak Transportation Shuttle Information
NOAO Application for government Motor Vehicle Operator's Identification Card
Route Map from Tucson to Kitt Peak
Map of Kitt Peak Summit
During Your Observing Run
SERVICE - web form for reporting problems 
Night Lunch Request Form
Observatory Policies for Dome Closing Conditions
Mountain Safety Information
General Mountain Safety

All pages accessable only within NOAO

Safety Acknowledgement Forms
Kitt Peak Safety Info. and Requirements Poster
Mountain Safety Poster (Informative predecessor to above poster)
Safety Web Site
Quick Fire/Other Emergency Procedures
Wildfire Reporting and Response Plan
Kitt Peak Emergency Manual, June 2018 - PDF.
NOAO Emergency Health and Safety Manual - PDF.
Kitt Peak Tenants Primary Contacts
Kitt Peak Emergency Evacuation Procedure
SOP for Fire Response
Fire Hazard Assessment
Visitor Radio Operating Manual
Visitor Radio Charger User Manual
Telescope and Instrument Safety
MOSAIC Lightning Shutdown Procedure
0.9m Lightning Shutdown Procedure
After Your Observing Run
Please Complete the Following Form
Kitt Peak Observing Run Evaluation Form
How to retrieve your data from the
   NOAO Science Archive:
General User Information

Acknowledgements in Publications
Night Sky Spectrum-Mount Hopkins/Kitt Peak
The Delivered Image Quality with the MOSAIC Cameras at the Kitt Peak 4m Mayall and Cerro Tololo 4m Blanco Telescopes (2012 August 23)
Reflectivity and Scattering of 4m and WIYN Mirrors
Internal - Staff Info
Staff Resources Page
Mountain Safety Information
General Mountain Safety
Tourist Info
Kitt Peak Visitor Center
Ephemeris for Kitt Peak (Observer's Calendar)
Kitt Peak Telescope Schedules
Schedule of Kitt Peak Observers
Kitt Peak Activities Calendar
WIYN Activities Calendar
0.9m Calendar
Instrument Support Calendar
Observing Assistant Calendar
Electronic Maintenance Schedule
Site and Weather Information
Current Mountain Status
Dome-opening status due to weather
Observatory Policies for Dome Closing Conditions
LTO reports
WIYN Night Logs
Know Your Observing Assistants
Cell Phone Use
Environment Information
Kitt Peak Site Information
Past Weather & Environment Plots
KP Web Cams - summit views
Kitt Peak All Sky Camera (KPASCA)
All Sky Archives
All Sky Movies on YouTube
WIYN - KPNO Precipitable Water Vapor
NASA AllSky Fireball Network
- KPNO Meteoroid Camera
4 Meter Weather Display
Most Recent Wind Data: 4m and 2m
Most Recent Dewpoint Data: 4m, 2m, WIYN
Historical Weather Data
WIYN Weather Statistcs (Open vs. Closed due to weather) from 1999 to 2006.
Probablility of Clear Skies
R.G Giovanelli, Feb. 1979
Statistics of Weather Data
and Telescope Usage at Kitt Peak National Observatory ... David L. Crawford, 1964 to 1981
Arizona Climate Summaries - Historical
Favorite Weather Links
Kitt Peak Weather Forecast
Kitt Peak Clear Sky Chart
NWS radar image from Tucson, AZ
NWS Tucson Forecast Discussion
NWS Lightning Safety Outdoors
Personal Lightning Safety
GOES Imaging of Northern Chile, South West, and Hawaii
Ground-Based GPS Meteorology - Sells, Az.
NRL - Satellite Meteorology
U of A Atmospheric Sciences
Real-Time Weather Data From NCAR
Unisys IR Satellite Map
The Weather Underground
HODAR - KPNO Weather
SARA Observatory Weather Data (Kitt Peak)
Observing Tools
Tools and Resources
Other links to the Astronomical Community
NOAO FTP Archives
NOAO Library Resources
NOAO Science Data Management Help/Docs
(NOAO Data Handbook, Archives and Portals)

Select available stars (Bright Star Catalog)
CFHT spectral atlases for CdNe, FeAr, ThAr, and ThNe for (about) 3500-9500 Å in fits format
Select stars by [Fe/H], Teff, log g from Cayrel et al. catalog of Abundance Determinations
Tips for Using the VI Editor
TeX and LaTeX help
DVD Writing Instructions
Taping Data - Using wfits and tar
How to Obtain Technical Assistance
Memorandum: Technical Problems Response
ICE Exposure Flow Chart

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