Observing run

A typical observing run of 5 nights would need the following schedule,

April 1. Observer fills out accommodation request form.

May 1, 1pm. Observer arrives in EAO office in Hilo by taxi from Hilo International Airport for safety briefing with Support Scientist.

May 1, 3pm. Observer drives from EAO office to Hale Pohaku in an automatic or standard shift EAO car.

May 2, 5pm. TSS, Observer, and Support Scientist drive from HP to JCMT for first observing night.

May 2, 10pm. After introduction of observing system, Support Scientist returns to Hilo.

May 3, 6am. TSS and observer leave summit for HP.

May 7, 6am. End of last observing night.

May 7, 2pm. Observer drives from back from Hale Pohaku to Hilo.

May 7, 3pm. Observer completes report form and discussed with Support Scientist any outstanding matters.

May 7, 5pm (or later). Observer’s flight leaves Hilo International Airport (return there from EAO office by taxi).

Some observers may want to spend two acclimatization nights at Hale Pokaku before the run, or may want to stay in a Hilo hotel before and/or after the run. As is detailed above observers should be aware that a typical night shift is 13 hours in length.

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