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.
On Monday, 19 October, from 17 - 21 UT, LCO's observatory portal will be closed while we address some software maintenance tasks. You will not be able to submit new observing requests during this time, and the portal website
will show an error message.
The Spectral camera on the 2-meter telescope on Haleakala has been taken out-of-service because of a persistent problem with the camera's shutter. In the past month, the shutter was stuck closed during observations on various nights: Aug 11-15, Aug 30-31, and Sep 6. We have determined the likely source of the malfunction is the shutter control cable. The camera will be returned to service as soon as the shutter problem is fixed.
On August 29, a Sinistro camera, fl12, was installed on the 1-meter telescope in Dome A at Siding Spring (COJ). Although the commissioning observations made since then have been limited (by poor weather), the performance of the fl12 Sinistro exceeds that of fl08, the camera that it replaced. The fl12 Sinistro will be made available for science observations beginning tonight. However, until flat fields have been acquired with the filters required by the science images, only the raw images will be available in the archive. We will begin processing images through the BANZAI pipeline as soon as we have sufficient flat fields.
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The Sinistro camera on the telescope in Dome C at our Sutherland (South Africa) site is now available for science observations. It acquired its first post-commissioning science observations tonight ... before, alas, the dome closed-up because of bad weather. We will continue to monitor this camera's performance, but as always, we welcome your feedback (email firstname.lastname@example.org
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