Caltech Optical Observatories

Call for Proposals 2014A

Proposals Due by 5:00 pm PDT Monday 30 September 2013

2014A Allocation Announcements Expected On or Around Monday 02 December 2013

This call is closed and provided for reference only



Caltech Faculty, Senior Research Associates, Senior Research Fellows, Post-Doctoral Scholars, Senior Research Staff (approved by the COO Director) and Graduate Students may apply for COO-administered observing time at Keck and Palomar, subject to the following:

Proposal Format

  • When finished, combine your cover sheet with the Discussion, Figures and Observing List into a single pdf document (see note below). Check that the file is smaller that 1M and attach it to an e-mail to brucato-[at] not later than 5:00 pm PDT Monday 30 September 2013. The subject line of the message should be in the following form: [your last name]-[Telescope]-[A sequence number to distinquish it from others others submitted for the same telescope]. Examples: Jones-Keck-1 or Jones-P200-2

  • Special Notes:

  • Observing History & Bibliography

    The Director and the Time Allocation Committee place a high premium on the effective use of telescope time and the prompt publication of results derived from the observations. Accordingly, your report accounting for your previous observing time and your publications constitutes an important adjunct to your proposals. Submit this report as a single, two-part document consisting of:

    Attach the report (as a pdf document) to an e-mail to (not later than 5:00 pm PDT Monday 30 September 2013 with the subject line in the following form: [your last name]-History. (For example: Jones-History)

    Submit this report as a completely separate document. Do not include it in your proposal(s).


    Keck Instruments

    Instrumentation for the Keck Telescopes is summarized on the WMKO Keck Instrument Page.

    200-inch Telescope Instruments

    Focus Instrument Code Notes

    Prime Focus
    Wide-Field IR Camera WIRC Specifications
    Large Format Camera LFC Specifications
    COSMIC - Direct Imaging COSMIC/D Specifications
    COSMIC - Re-imaging COSMIC/R Specifications
    Own Equipment - Prime Focus OE-PF Describe in Discussion

    Double Spectrograph DBSP Specifications
    PHARO PHARO Specifications. Mounts to P3K.
    SWIFT SWIFT Specifications Shared-risk observing. Mounts to P3K.
    SWIFT-AO SWIFT-AO Specifications Shared-risk observing. Mounts to P3K.
    P1640 P1640 Private Instrument (Hillenbrand or Oppenheimer) Shared-risk observing. Mounts to P3K.
    TripleSpec TripleSpec Specifications
    Cosmic Web Imager CWI Specifications Semi-private Instrument (Martin).
    Own Equipment - Cassegrain OE-Cass Describe in Discussion
    Own Equipment - Cassegrain + P3K Base OE-Cass+P3K Describe in Discussion
    East Arm
    East Arm Echelle EAE Specifications
    Own Equipment-Coudé OE-Coudé Describe in Discussion

    Note on Merging PDF Documents

    To combine the cover sheet and discussion section of a proposal, use the full version of Acrobat (Acrobat Reader will not work) or the joinpdf program on the AY Unix computers. Also see

    Proposal pdf documents are typically 500K to 1M in size. Files larger than 1M are cumbersome to handle, so, if your proposal is larger than 1M, please try reducing the resolution of your images.

    COO Proposal Call 2014A v 1.0
    Last updated: 03 September 2013 RJB/AFB