Rules for using the Observatories
14 October 2004
The Acre Road Observatory -- main building
During office hours, the Acre Road Observatory operates as an extension of the Kelvin Building and comes under its rules and regulations. Honours students may use the computer cluster and laboratories at any time, under the supervision of a staff member. First and second year students may only use the Observatory facilities on their designated laboratory afternoons.
University evening classes come under the normal rules and regulations of the University. In addition, the main building may be used for non-university evening events, such as Astronomical Society meetings, on prior arrangement with the Director. For all these events the Observatory Janitor, Technician or a Physics & Astronomy teaching staff member must be present at all times and take responsibility for security and safety. This includes ensuring that the fire exits are free during the building's occupation, that the blinds are closed on leaving the building and and that the alarm is set/reset correctly.
The Acre Road Observatory -- main dome
The main dome (and its contents) at Acre Road can be used by any staff member of the School of Physics and Astronomy who has undergone instruction and has shown their competence to the Director's satisfaction. A list of these people (the 'Staff Observers List') will be maintained by the Observatory Technician. During office hours, and with the main building occupied, these people may use the dome singly.
Physics and Astronomy students using the facility also need to undergo instruction and show themselves to be competent, but may not use the dome singly at any time. A separate list of students able to use the dome will be maintained by the Observatory Technician (the 'Student Observers List'). Undergraduates may only use the dome as part of their course work or as members of AstroSoc.
Trained members of external astronomical societies may use the dome on designated society evenings, with the same restrictions as apply to undergraduate students. The dome may only be used by these groups if the Observatory Janitor or a staff member of Physics and Astronomy are present.
Out of hours use of the dome
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The Cochno Observatory telescope is presently to be accessed only for maintenance in the daytime.