Network status: Information on observing requests

We're pleased to announce that we've modified the observatory portal to provide you with a trove of new information on submitted observing requests.

Track asteroids for Asteroid Day with Las Cumbres Observatory

Las Cumbres Observatory have partnered with Asteroid Day and Universe Awareness to create a website which allows you to take pictures of asteroids, using a global network of telescopes, was launched by Dr Edward Gomez at the National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham on Tuesday 28 June. Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) has 18 professional robotic telescopes in 7 remote, astronomical sites across the globe. With this website you can join the international campaign to study and raise awareness about asteroids.

Network status: SBIG "shutter failure" fixed

In recent status reports, I mentioned that we've swapped SBIG cameras on telescopes in Australia (Dome B) and Chile (Dome A). The swaps were only one step in our efforts to eliminate occurrences of "shutter failure" in these cameras. We believe we have now fixed the "shutter failure" problem (on all SBIGs) through a combination of hardware and software modifications. We will continue to monitor the cameras' performance.

Network status: Intra/Inter Proposal Priority

We have implemented a system to allow users to promote (or demote) the priority of observing requests within their science programs. An introduction to this system, called IPP for "Intra/Inter Proposal Priority", is available from our Documentation webpage, as well as in the observatory portalThe IPP system is voluntary; users may choose to adopt or ignore it.

Network status: end of the IPAC archive

May 31 is the last day that LCOGT's archive at IPAC will be available. If you haven't yet switched to retrieving your data from our new archive, you must do so after today. The description of the archive (available at has been substantially improved since the archive was opened. The documentation includes information on the data products available and how to search for images. If you have questions that can't be answered by the information available there, please send an email to