Network status: New archive and pipeline; Spectral camera status; Sinistro redo

The 2015B semester is drawing to a close. The 2016A semester will begin on April 1. Results from LCOGT's time allocation process will be distributed soon.

Network status: Dome C in Chile; Faulkes Telescope in Australia

The fl04 Sinistro camera (in Dome C at our Chilean site) warmed-up unexpectedly on Friday (Feb 19) and was producing bad frames. We suspect that the problem was contamination in the cooling system, which has now been cleared, but we're monitoring the camera's performance tonight.

Network status: Sinistro astrometry, binning

We have corrected a glitch in the Sinistro cameras. Because of the way the raw frames were processed, one row of pixels was removed between the top and bottom quadrants. The omission is "invisible" (i.e. there's no gap in the processed frame), but the omitted row creates a discontinuity in the astrometry between the top and bottom halves of the frames. We have recently corrected this omission, and hereafter, images will be astrometrically continuous from the top to the bottom of the frames. To accommodate this change, we must also make the correction to our flat fields, so that we can properly flat field the new-format frames.

Dr Tim Brown to receive distinguished Watson Medal

Annual Award to be Presented by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. this May

Network status: Sinistro camera available in Texas

The Sinistro camera at LCOGT's Texas site (ELP) is now available for science observations.