Open access protocol and committees for observing time requests
Twice a year, a Call for proposals is done to apply for observing time each semester, Spring (1st January through 30th June) and Autumn (1st July through 31st December). This is normally published about three months in advance at the following link:
This site specifies about one month in advance the deadlines for applying. When all the proposals are received the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) meets to evaluate them in a competitive open access, prioritizing the scientific excellence criteria subject to their technical feasibility.
Taking into account the rates given to the proposals the observatory elaborates the schedule of the corresponding semester and the TAC secretary informs the applicants if their proposal has been approved, or not, and the assigned dates and telescope.
Open access protocol and committees for Mirror Aluminizing
The steps in order to ask for mirror aluminizing are:
Fill in the form you can find here
An internal technical committee designated by the observatory will evaluate the proposal taking into account the needed technical capacity and the feasibility of the proposal.
After the evaluation, a response will be given via e-mail
If the proposal is accepted, the jobs will be carried out in the shortest possible time, and always in coordination between the company requesting the aluminizing process and the observatory staff.
Open access protocol and committees for requesting weather and sky quality data
The steps in order to request weather and sky quality data are:
Send an e-mail to ‘compuhead @ caha . es’ specifying exactly which data you want, the time period for those values and the use you are going to do with the requested data.
An internal technical committee designated by the observatory will evaluate the request.
If the request is accepted, the observatory and the petitioner will accord how the requested data will be sent to the last one.
In any case, Calar Alto Observatory must be explicitly mentioned as the source of the data in any article, publication, paper, work, etc… that will use weather and sky quality information.
Open access protocol and committees for requesting archived observational data (public archives)
There is neither specific protocol nor committee for these public data. Calar Alto archives will make the data universally accessible after the initial property one year period for the astronomers granted with the observing time. All the society (not only professional astronomers) will be able to use the data after the mentioned initial property period.
Open access protocol and committees for requesting visiting the Calar Alto Observatory
Because the visits are been organized and managed by Azimuth, an external company, the open access protocol consists uniquely in sending an e-mail to ‘visists @ caha . es’ or visiting Azimuth web page. In any case, that external company will be the one who will take care of the requests. Due to this, there is no need for any observatory internal committee.