Instructions for new TRES observers:
Created 08/06/07 by EF
Updated 04/29/16 by EF
Please check with Dave Latham at CfA before the start of each trimester
to coordinate your observations.
- TRES always operates in queue mode.
When you come to FLWO to use
TRES, you will observe targets that include yours, but also targets from
- P. Berlind's notes on observing with TRES:
- P. Berlind's TRES misc
- Familiarize yourself with the F. L. Whipple Observatory
In particular, visit the
links to the Tillinghast 1.5m (60in)
and to the visiting astronomer
If you will be driving any SI vehicles while at FLWO, please
review our vehicle policy and if you
have not done so previously, submit a driver's statement. The guide
includes more information and links to download these documents.
- Familiarize yourself with the TRES
spectrograph (documentation to be updated).
- Arrange to arrive at Mt. Hopkins preferably two days, or at
minimum, one day before your observing run, for training with TRES and
the 1.5m telescope.
- Start by contacting Sue Demski-Hamelin at OIR to
organize your trip (or Alisha Jansky, Sue's backup when she is unavailable).
She will need to know whether you are a Harvard
student; if you are, your trip should be covered by Harvard. If you
are not, your FAST observing will be covered through SAO/OIR, which
means you need to be appointed an Invitational Traveler. If you
are not yet in the SAO Peoplesoft database,
you will be sent an Invitational Traveler Enrollment
Package to be added to the database. Once you are in the
database, you will have your ticket issued by the SAO Travel Office.
- You will need to fill out a travel authorization
accessible exclusively from CfA computers.
- You will also need to contact FLWO for a dorm room at least 1 week
in advance of your run and for a taxi from Tucson to FLWO and back
yourself at least 2 days before you travel (see the visiting
for details). If you do not drive, please let us know as soon as
possible before traveling, so we can arrange for your rides up
and down the mountain.
- Check the schedule of the 1.5m ("Local telescope schedules," from
the 1.5m telescope main web page) and contact the observer who will be
observing before you (usually Perry Berlind or Mike Calkins) and
contact him or her by email before you come out, to coordinate your
- It is possible that, during your run, you may be asked to tend to
the 1.2m. The RTS2-F robot usually runs it, but occasionally it may
need assistance. Normally, the impact on your own observing will be
slight. Daytime staff will instruct you if necessary.