Getting Started on the LCO Global Telescope Network PDF

A guide to the user interface that was launched in June 2017. The latest version, April 2019, includes the following changes:

  • Sinistro camera readout time decreased from 37s to 27s.
  • Appendix D ("The Cassegrain derotators on the 2m telescopes") added.

LCO Network Quick Reference PDF

A one-page "jump start" to interacting with the LCO Network through the user interface.

Documentation on Data Processing and Availability

Archive Documentation

Documentation relating to the LCO internal science archive.

Imaging Data Pipeline (BANZAI)

Documentation of the BANZAI data reduction pipeline.

FLOYDS Spectroscopic Data Pipeline

A description of the FLOYDS (low-resolution spectrograph) pipeline.

NRES Spectroscopic Data Pipeline

A description of the NRES (high-resolution spectrograph) pipeline.

LCO FITS Headers

FITS header keywords and definitions

Developer Documentation

Documentation, examples and code for working with LCO's extensive programmatic interfaces.

Finer Points

Airmass Limit

Advice on setting your airmass limit for best quality data

Information on Submitted Observing Requests

A description of the information on submitted observing requests now available in the observatory portal.

Special Scheduling Modes

Rapid Response mode is for observations of science targets (e.g. gamma-ray bursts) that must be carried-out as soon as possible after a request is submitted. TIme-Critical mode is for observations at tightly constrained times that rarely occur.

Intra/Inter Proposal Priority (IPP) Factor

The system for prioritizing observing requests.

Ghosts in SBIG 6303 camera images

Bright stars can leave "ghosts" in the SBIG 6303 camera images (on the 0.4m telescopes). Find out why they occur, and how to spot them.

User Quotas

The time available to Co-investigators on a proposal (for observation requests) may be restricted by the proposal's PI. Read how user quotas work and how to enable them.