On Friday, October 14, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) changed its name to Las Cumbres Observatory. Associated with this change is a new website, featuring new colors and a new logo, at a new URL, www.lco.global, and new email addresses (@lco.global). We are making these changes for a number of reasons, including to clarify that we are an independent non-profit corporation with a bold vision of how our unique global network will enable observational programs in time domain astronomy that were never before possible.
The Sinistro camera on the telescope in Dome B at Siding Spring Observatory is now available for science observations. The images will be processed through the BANZAI pipeline as soon as we have acquired sufficient flat fields.
On October 6, from approximately 16 - 18 UT, we will be upgrading one of our databases. During these two hours, the telescopes will continue to acquire data, the user portal will function normally, and requests for queue observations will be accepted. However the network schedule will not be altered during this interval, and it will not be possible to process requests for "Rapid Response" observations. New requests will be considered by the scheduler as soon as the database is brought back online.
The 2016B semester began at 0 UT today. To those of you who will use the Network for the first time this semester, we say, "Welcome". As in past semesters, if you'd like assistance with preparing your observing requests, please email our Science Support team.
On 21 September, the fl11 Sinistro camera was installed on the 1-meter telescope in Dome B at Siding Spring (COJ). The telescope will be unavailable for science observations while the new Sinistro camera is commissioned.
Artist's impression of the planetary system.