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.
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.
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.
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