Getting Started on the LCO Global Telescope Network PDF

A guide to the user interface that was launched in June 2017. The latest version (January 2018) includes revisions to instrument overheads.

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 (not yet released)

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.

Rapid Response Mode

For observations of science targets (e.g. gamma-ray bursts) that must be carried-out as soon as possible after a request is submitted.

Intra/Inter Proposal Priority (IPP) Factor

Iair Arcavi's description of the system for prioritizing observing requests.

Ghost images in SBIG 6303 camera

Bright stars can leave ghost images in the SBIG 6303 cameras. Read why, and how to spot them.

User Quotas

Your use of time on some proposals maybe restricted to a maximum number hours (per semester). Read how it works and how to enable it, if you are a proposal PI.