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Palomar 200-inch Hale Telescope

Community Access to the 200-inch Hale Telescope of the Palomar Observatory

As a result of NSF funding for NOAO's ReSTAR program, observing time was allocated to the astronomical community on the 200-inch Hale telescope of the Palomar Observatory located in California. The initial agreement ran for three years beginning in the 2010A semester. Caltech Optical Observatories(COO) made about 20 nights per year available to the US community under their agreement with NOAO.

Current Status

The initial agreement expires with the 2012B semester, and no community access time will be available in 2013A. If access later resumes under a new agreement, it will be announced in the NOAO Newsletter and on this web page.


Palomar Observatory maintains instrument pages on their website, including links to instrument manuals, etc. Please also check their page with observer information.

Additional Information

Dave Bell serves as NOAO contact for investigators with questions regarding community access to the 200-inch Hale telescope and proposal preparation. You may reach him by sending email to For instrumentation questions (only), you may also directly contact those listed on the Palomar pages and/or the NOAO System Science Contact (Ron Probst for TripleSpec, Todd Boroson for Double Spectrograph).

All data obtained under this program may be placed in NOAO's data archives and made publicly available under the same ground rules as data obtained at NOAO telescopes.

Any publication that results from NOAO-allocated time on the 200-inch Hale telescope should acknowledge the NSF/NOAO ReSTAR program, in addition to a Hale/Palomar acknowledgment. The requested wording for ReSTAR acknowledgements is:

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NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Last updated: August 28 2012

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