The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope

VATT Observer Procedures

Due to limited resources associated with the VATT operation, failure to comply with these procedures may result in a delay or loss of observing time. "Secondary permits" to enter the Red Squirrel Refugium are no longer required for observers or those undertaking routine work at MGIO.
However, visitors and those not conducting official MGIO business will need to obtain a permit by sending email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Please be sure to provide the names and dates for each individual.)

For observers the following information is needed:

  • Room reservations: Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 1 week prior to visit, with copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Please be sure to provide the names and dates of each individual.
  • Vehicle permits: If you will not be driving a state or federally licensed vehicle, please provide to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the following information: Year, Make, Model, Color, State, License # and whom the vehicle is registered to.
  • Supplies provided: If you need the gate key, radio, instruction sheets (milepost log, radio instructions and frequencies etc.), please also contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Arrival time: Base camp hours are from 6:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday. It is very important that you advise us of your arrival time. If you will be arriving after hours/weekends, you will need to use the personnel gate and retrieve your information from the lockbox (located on the front corner of building). Please be sure to obtain the combination for the gate and lockbox from Barbara Abril in advance.
    Winter driving on Mt. Graham needs special preparations and precautions.

All requested equipment (gate key, radio, and instructions sheets) will be placed in the lock box, whether the user arrives during the week or weekend. Upon your arrival please access the lockbox to retrieve your paperwork and proceed to office for check in. Should you encounter any problems, please contact the MGIO Base camp at telephone # 520-621-8650 in business hours or at other times the MGIO Duty person at 928-965-3100.

Contact Us

Richard P. Boyle, S.J.
VATT Telescope Scientist

Tel: +1 (0)520 621 3230

 

Christopher J. Corbally, S.J.
President of the National Committee to IAU

Tel: +1 (0)520 621 3225

 

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