A PDF guide to the user interface that was launched in June 2019. The latest version, August 2020, includes updated request configuration and filter change overheads.
A two-page PDF document that lists the basics about interacting with the LCO Network. We strongly encourage serious users to consult the "Getting Started" guide for information about the Observation Portal and how to compose observation requests.
Documentation relating to the LCO internal science archive.
Documentation of the BANZAI data reduction pipeline.
A description of the FLOYDS (low-resolution spectrograph) pipeline.
A description of the NRES (high-resolution spectrograph) pipeline.
FITS header keywords and definitions
A description of how uncertainties are propagated during the BANZAI reduction process.
A description of the BANZAI-NRES data pipeline.
Documentation, examples and code for working with LCO's extensive programmatic interfaces.
Advice on setting your airmass limit for best quality data
A description of the information on submitted observing requests now available in the observatory portal.
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.
The system for prioritizing observing requests.
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.
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.