In the past few weeks, we've experienced intermittent problems with internet connectivity to some of our network sites, which has prevented us from promptly delivering images to our science archive. In all of these cases, the connectivity problems were not due to LCO hardware or software failures, but to failures beyond our power to fix (e.g. fiber breaks). Connections to Australia and South Africa have now been stable for several days, but our connection to Chile remains unreliable. The connectivity problems are affecting all facilities on Cerro Tololo.
One week ago, all of LCO's 1-meter telescopes are equipped with Sinistro cameras. Today, all of the Sinistros are available for science observations, and the raw images are getting processed through the BANZAI reduction pipeline.
The shutter on the Spectral camera on FTN (Haleakala) was replaced last week, and test observations indicate that the shutter is behaving itself. The camera has been cleared to resume science observations.
There have been many recent advances on LCO's Sinistro camera front. I'm pleased to announce that we have reached a long-awaited milestone: all of our 1-meter telescopes are now equipped with Sinistro cameras.
Last week, we announced that Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network is now simply Las Cumbres Observatory, and the url of our website has changed to https://lco.global/
. If you've been using scripts that call our various APIs with the "lcogt.net
" domain name, those scripts should be edited to use the "lco.global" domain name instead.