Request for Services (RFSs) and Requests for Travel (RTAs)
All observers are required to file a Request for Services (RFS) at least three weeks prior to their observing run. UT Austin observers should do this as part of the Request for Travel Authorization (RTA). Both web forms, for UT Austin and Non-UT Austin observers, can be accessed from the Observers' web page: http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/observers/mcdobserver.html. It is very important that this form be submitted at least three weeks prior to your observing run.
All observers, from whatever institution, are responsible for their own travel to McDonald Observatory and for their living expenses on the mountain. Accommodations are provided at the "Astronomer's Lodge" (AL), a small hotel and dining facility, on the mountain and within walking distance to the telescopes. At this writing the charge for room and board is $80 per day. No personal meal preparation is allowed at the Lodge.
UT personnel traveling on State funds need to be reminded that the travel reimbursement rules are more stringent for State funds than for grant funds, thus rules should be checked before traveling.
Personnel driving from Austin are strongly encouraged to arrive at the mountain on the mountain at least 12 hours prior to the start of their observing time. They are also required to get sufficient sleep before driving back to Austin. Getting adequate sleep is necessary to prevent either telescope/instrumental or vehicular accidents.
2 March 2006
McDonald Observatory · The University of Texas at Austin · Austin, Texas 78712
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