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MuSCAT3 installation

Nikolaus Volgenau | 08 Jul 2020

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CPT, ELP 1m telescopes; FLOYDS calibration fiber

Nikolaus Volgenau | 03 Jun 2020

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Observation portal security flaw

Nikolaus Volgenau | 20 May 2020

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Restarting operations in South Africa

Nikolaus Volgenau | 06 May 2020

We are bringing our telescopes in South Africa back online this week.

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Three telescopes back online

Nikolaus Volgenau | 01 May 2020

Three telescopes were brought back online in the past week.

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No NRES

Nikolaus Volgenau | 23 Apr 2020

NRES observations are currently not possible with any network telescope.

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Teide, McDonald Observatories back in the network

Nikolaus Volgenau | 20 Apr 2020

We have resumed science observations with telescopes at Teide Observatory (TFN) and McDonald Observatory (ELP).

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Teide shut down; BANZAI update

Nikolaus Volgenau | 02 Apr 2020

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SAAO, McDonald shutdowns

Nikolaus Volgenau | 25 Mar 2020

The LCO network continues to operate at Siding Spring Observatory (COJ) in the south and at Wise Observatory (TLV), Teide Observatory (TFN) and Haleakala Observatory (OGG) in the north.

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Semester 2020A extension

Nikolaus Volgenau | 20 Mar 2020

To mitigate the impact of the shutdown on the 2020A science programs, we have decided to extend the semester by one month.

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Status of LCO during COVID-19 pandemic

Nikolaus Volgenau | 17 Mar 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our global network.

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Call for Global Sky Partners 2020B

Edward Gomez | 08 Mar 2020

Las Cumbres Observatory is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for new educational partners, Global Sky Partners, with projects to run between 1 June 2020 - 31 May 2021.

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Call for Proposals 2020B

Nikolaus Volgenau | 14 Feb 2020

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Call for Proposals 2020A

Nikolaus Volgenau | 01 Sep 2019

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Call for Global Sky Partners 2020

Edward Gomez | 06 Aug 2019

Las Cumbres Observatory is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for new educational partners, Global Sky Partners, with projects to run between 1 December 2019 - 1 December 2020.

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Educational coder internship 2019

Edward Gomez | 02 Apr 2019

Are you interested in space and coding? We are running a 6-8 week, paid internship programme between June - August 2019 for undergraduate students. We are looking for students to work with the Las Cumbres Observatory education team to create tools fo

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More services at Haleakala

Nikolaus Volgenau | 01 Mar 2019

We continue to make progress restoring services at our Haleakala site after the Feb 9 storm. Our portable generator continues to provide power for our equipment. The two 0.4m telescopes resumed making science observations on the night of Feb 27. The

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Power restored on Haleakala

Nikolaus Volgenau | 25 Feb 2019

We had no power at our Haleakala site for two weeks, but last Friday, we got a portable generator up to the summit and got it hooked up. Our site manager spent the weekend testing all of the systems (enclosure, telescopes, instruments, etc.), and las

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Call for Proposals 2019B

Nikolaus Volgenau | 20 Feb 2019

Las Cumbres Observatory is soliciting proposals for science observations for the 2019B semester, which will begin on 1 June 2019 and run through 30 November 2019. This call is for astronomers from institutions without guarantees of Network time: the

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No power on Haleakala

Nikolaus Volgenau | 13 Feb 2019

A powerful storm slammed into Maui this past weekend. High winds blew down utility poles, and power went out at Haleakala observatory. Today, the site still had no power, so observations haven't been possible. Our site manager is at the summit today

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Sinistro readout; real time BANZAI pipeline

Nikolaus Volgenau | 04 Feb 2019

At 0 UT on Feb 5, we will be reducing the CCD overhead times on the Sinistro imagers from 38s to 28s. The change will be immediately carried over to the calculation of overheads in the user portal. We will attempt to identify pre-transition observati

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File name change; Sinistro readout reduction

Nikolaus Volgenau | 23 Jan 2019

Last week, I announced that we would be changing the naming convention for the master calibration frames, and that the change was "imminent." Well, today was the day. The BANZAI pipeline has been updated, and now the master calibration frames have na

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Master cal file names

Nikolaus Volgenau | 16 Jan 2019

LCO's software team is currently working on a project to BANZAI-process data in "real time". Currently, the BANZAI pipeline operates in two modes: it creates a "quick look" data product as soon as an exposure is transferred back to HQ, and it creates