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Usage Limits and Policies
Views: 5342 Last Updated: 2011-05-27 20:52

Note: These policies are effective only until June 16, 2011. Please see new policies in this blog posting. This page will be updated before the Sept. 1, 2011 re-opening.

Users and teams are limited in the amount of time they can use on the telescopes. We are currently modifying the software to enforce these limits. Until that work is complete, you may encounter more generous limits.

Reservation limit: reservations are held for 15 minutes. If you do not login within 15 minutes of the start of your reservation, it will be released and anyone can use the telescope for the remainder of your time.

Monthly limits

Please note that these are the defaults. Users and teams with special projects may request exceptions by email to support@tzecmaun.org.

Also note that usage is monitored by number of logins. To get the best use out of the system, make reservations, and show up on time to start your reservation. (Reservations are only held for 15 minutes.)

Team limits: A team may use up to 50% of its total individual maximum allotment of logins in any one month. For example, a team with 20 members, all beginners, has a maximum allotment of 200 hours (20 x 10). The monthly limit is 100 hours.

Beginner limits: the default allotment is 10 logins per month.

Advanced, non-research users: default allotment is 15 logins per month.

Research user: default allotment is 20 logins per month.

Exceptions will not be routinely granted. To get an exception, you need to demonstrate that you have a specific program that requires extra or contiguous logins (e.g., an eclipsing variable with an unusually long period requiring photometry, or an all-night educational observing program).

Although researchers get more hours by default, our primary goal is to provide access to telescopes for the largest possible number of students. So the needs of student users always come first in our planning and programs.

With respect to access and allotments, research programs with a strong educational component will always get higher priority. There are some legacy research efforts that do not have an educational component, but we no longer accept applications from researchers who do not also provide some kind of educational service, involvement, or program.

We plan to offer additional time at an hour rate yet to be determined. We'll make an announcement when that program is ready.

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