Observer Information

Research Facilities
Telescope and instrumentation specifications and documentation.

McDonald Observatory - West Texas

--Access limited to guest observers and UT Astronomy personnel.

Information regarding the West Texas operations of McDonald Observatory.

Computing Services
Documentation from Computing Services.

Policy regarding use of observatory facilities.

Proposal due dates, forms and advice.

standard stars

Optical and UV Spectrophotometric Standard Stars
Provided by ESO. Includes coordinates, finding charts, and spectra.

Available Mt. Locke Filters.


Observing Schedules and Amendments
Monthly schedules for all McDonald telescopes.

clear sky clock

Clear Sky Clock
McDonald Observatory Clear Sky Clock.

Astronomical Calendar
Astronomical Calendar computed for altitude 2081.0 m, from year 2000 to current plus, from Observing Support.


MUC Reports
McDonald Users' Committee reports (access restricted to McDonald Observatory and Astronomy Department personnel).

The McDonald Users' Committee meets at least quarterly to discuss issues of importance to observers at McDonald Observatory, and to recommend solutions to problems.

Requesting Services at McDonald Observatory

To request services at McDonald in advance of an observing run, please use one of the forms below.

All UT Astronomy/McDonald Observatory personnel:

Request for Travel Authorization

All other UT personnel and non fee-based visitors who have completed an RTA (VE5), fee-based visitors (APS), and non UT funded visitors (cash, check or credit card):

Request for Services at McDonald
(RFS only)

The form(s) should be submitted at least three weeks before you are scheduled to arrive at Mt. Locke.

Visiting McDonald Observatory

Travel to McDonald Observatory
Directions, maps, links to local resources, and weather.

transient quarters

Astronomer's Lodge
Information regarding accommodations at the Astronomer's Lodge.