Taxicab service (unregulated) to and from the airport is also available, with shorter travel time (20 minutes), and greater cost (from $11.00-$20.00). A note of caution: For all taxicabs, remind the driver to turn on the meter, since he may "forget," and propose a flat rate which is higher than the metered rate.
When feasible, please schedule flights in and out of Tucson to correspond with our shuttle bus schedule. If your arrival at the downtown office conflicts with the Kitt Peak mountain transportation schedule and you need same-day transportation to Kitt Peak, call 318-8135 or 318-8279, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (local time) to arrange for needed transportation. NOAO does not provide pick-up or drop-off shuttle service to the Tucson Airport.
For your return flight, we recommend that you schedule your pickup time at the downtown office (950 North Cherry Avenue) for at least two hours ahead of your flight departure. If you are coming directly from the mountain to meet a flight, schedule the downtown pickup time two hours later than your mountain departure. NOTE: The Arizona Stagecoach needs a 24-hour advance reservation from the Headquarters Office back to the airport.
Distribution of outside door keys to NOAO Tucson offices is limited. If you need to borrow a key during your data-analysis directly after an observing run, contact the Kitt Peak Support Office, Room 172.
For other in-house data analysis services (from past observing runs and the like), write to Dr. Steve Grandi, Manager, Central Computer Services to request the use of the downtown computers. Specify the time and equipment you need. After approval, you can pick up your outside door key in Room 100.
If you wish to use other reduction equipment such as the PDS, Grant Measuring Engine, etc., please send e-mail to the KPNO Director at kpno_at_noao.edu. After receiving approval you will be instructed where to pick up a door key.
Please note: It is important for you to return the key at the end of your stay, as we have only a small number of keys to loan out. Keys must be returned to the Kitt Peak Support Office, Room 172, prior to your departure. If you leave after normal working hours, the keys should be placed in the drop box on the wall next to Room 172. Please do not drop outside door keys in any U.S. mailbox, or attempt to mail them in an envelope that can be destroyed by the U.S. Post Office.
Computer accounts for our Sun (and VAX) computers are available through the Central Computer Services (CCS) department. A variety of accounts are available depending on your needs and your length of stay. Please see Dave Bell (Room 86, Ext. 8399) for assistance in this area. It is important that you have made the proper arrangements prior to your visit as mentioned elsewhere in this booklet.
Sending/Receiving Electronic Mail
Since e-mail systems are sometimes customized by site managers, if you have any questions about sending or receiving mail during your stay, please contact Steve Grandi (NOAO PostMaster).
IRAF is the main reduction facility at NOAO. If you have any questions regarding IRAF, please consult the main IRAf WEB SITE.
Magnetic tapes are available for your use during your stay, but these tapes may not leave the observatory premises. They will be recycled upon your departure. Magnetic tapes, including 9-track, Exabytes, DATs, and Sun cartridges for private use may be purchased. DATs and Exabytes are stocked in the Office Supply Room in the Central Facilities Operations area.
An IBM PC clone and a MacIntosh computer are available for visitor use for small tasks and for transferring files to and from floppy disks. The PC clone can read and write all four styles of PC floppies. Both are connected to the NOAO Ethernet. See Steve Grandi for assistance.