A new SBIG camera (kb98) was installed on the 0m4a (40cm) telescope at our Australia site on November 24. The camera was enabled for science observations on December 1.
Also at the Australia site, the 2-meter telescope was taken offline on December 4. Our TelOps team detected some anomalous behavior in the telescope's motion. They've now found the likely source of the anomaly and fixed the problem. We expect to re-enable the telescope for science observation for the 2016-12-08 night.
I reported in November that we've been experiencing internet connectivity problems to our site in Chile. Those problems, although now less frequent, haven't ceased. The unreliable connection can disrupt the delivery (and subsequent processing) of images. If you can't find images in the archive from observations made at our Chile site (LSC), please send an email to email@example.com
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.