When one is still at the observatory at 2 AM or
later, one is obliged for safety's sake to sleep in the observers' quarters at
the Gannett House before leaving the Observatory. Our department is responsible
for maintaining the Gannett House in good shape, but we do not have a
cleaning staff, and our Site Supervisor is too busy with the upkeep of grounds,
buildings, dome and telescope to serve as such. Thus we (firmly!) request
adherence to these Rules for the Use of the Gannett
- Inform the Site Supervisor,
Kurt Holmes, whenever you think you will need to use the house. Kurt is
around at Mees M-F, 8AM-4:30PM; be sure to say hello if you overlap at the
telescope or house.
- Keep the Observatory gates closed and
locked, unless more of your colleagues are arriving imminently. The gates
should not be left unlocked all night.
- Learn how all the door locks work --
especially those on the big living room glass doors. All the doors must be
locked when you leave.
- No smoking, and no fires at all, are
permitted at any time in the Gannett House or within 25 yards of the
building. Nothing is permitted that involves the striking of matches or the
clicking of lighters. (This includes barbecues!)
- Moving of furniture in the rooms on the
ground floor must be kept to a minimum, to avoid damage to the hardwood or
- The (new!) Ceran stovetop needs to be
cleaned after each use, once it cools down. It will pit and get ruined very
quickly if it is heated up with oily residues present.
- If you use any tables, wipe them clean when
you're done, and use a soft cloth (not scrubbing pads!).
- If it's June-August, make sure you leave the
downstairs bathrooms clean for use during the public Star Tours. Use the
bathroom/shower upstairs instead.
- Do not use the blankets or other bedding
outside the house. There are other options for ground cloths, should you
want to have a picnic out on the lawn...
- Do not leave the house's thermostat set
higher than 68 F.
- It would be greatly appreciated if you pack
out what you pack in.
- Special Winter rule: If you want to stay
over the weekend, you must, by Friday afternoon, have supplies sufficient to
last in case you can't get downhill til the driveway can be plowed on Monday
morning; you may not drive on the grounds (even to leave) if the driveway or
roads are icy or deep in snow.
Violation of the rules may result in revokation
of the privilege of using the Gannett House and Mees Observatory. The rules are
subject to change without much notice.