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Estimated Operating Costs


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ESTIMATED OPERATING COSTS (annual basis, routine operation)

1. General observatory non-labor related costs

A. Utilities (best guess annual estimates)

1. Electric at $.070/KWH $ 2,500
2. Telephone voice/data link $ 4,000
3. Water @$.0185/gallon $ 400
Total $ 6,900

B. Joint-use fee (amounts shown for fiscal year 2000, Oct. 1 to 30 Sept.)
0.9-m telescope footprint = approximately 1,345s.f.
1. Basic Services (use is required) $11,075
2. Transportation (use is optional) $ 5,500
Total $16,575



C. Observing-related costs
1. Meals/lodging costs (1 person for 360 days @$55/day) $19,800
2. Cryogenics (est. 10 liters LN2/day x avg. $.75/liter) $ 2,700
3. Misc. operating expenses (including insurance) $ 5,000
4. Aluminizing (primary & secondary) $ 2,500*
5. Supplies, materials, maintenance contracts etc. $ 4,500
Total $34,500
*NOTE: KPNO typically aluminizes the mirrors every 2 years

TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUAL OBSERVING-RELATED COSTS
$57,975

2. Maintenance (estimated tenant supplied labor hours required annually)

A. Preventive maintenance 100 hours
B. Routine maintenance (telescope, building/dome, inst. & control computer)
1. Engineering support 125 hours
2. Electronic maintenance 300 hours
3. Programming 200 hours
4. Facilities support 250 hours
5. Custodial 100 hours

TOTAL ESTIMATED MAINTENANCE LABOR HOURS
1,075

3. Miscellaneous one-time costs

One-time purchases
1. 5 KVA UPS unit (if operations require it) $ 5,000
2. Telecommunications buy-in cost (infrastructure only) $12,564
3. Mirror handling/collimation training costs (one-time only) $ 1,600
4. Other--TV acquisition, guider interface, telescope control system etc. unknown

TOTAL ESTIMATED ONE-TIME COSTS
$19,164


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Posted: 05Apr2000
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