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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 $ 1,000
2. Telephone voice/data link $ 2,000
Total $ 3,000

B. Joint-use fee (amounts shown for fiscal year 2000, Oct. 1 to 30 Sept.)
CF telescope scientific footprint = approximately 1,200s.f.
1. Basic Services (use is required) $11,075
2. Transportation (use is optional) $ 4,956
Total $16,031



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 (including crane rental) $ 2,700*
5. Supplies, materials, maintenance contracts etc. $ 4,500
Total $34,700
*NOTE: KPNO typically aluminizes the mirrors every 2 years

TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUAL OBSERVING-RELATED COSTS
$53,731

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

A. Preventive maintenance 75 hours
B. Routine maintenance (telescope, building/dome, inst. & control computer)
1. Engineering support 100 hours
2. Electronic maintenance 100 hours
3. Programming 125 hours
4. Facilities support 150 hours
5. Custodial 50 hours

TOTAL ESTIMATED MAINTENANCE LABOR HOURS
600

3. Miscellaneous one-time costs

One-time purchases
1. Telecommunications buy-in cost (infrastructure only) $12,564
2. Mirror handling training costs (one-time only) $ 2,400
4. Other--TV acquisition, guider interface, CCD detector system etc. Unknown

TOTAL ESTIMATED ONE-TIME COSTS
$14,964


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Posted: 05Apr2000
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