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Network status: Sinistro in Australia, new archive features

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.

Planet Found in the Habitable Zone of our Neighboring Star System

 A version of this article is also available for young scientists! Read it at Spacescoop

Network status: Sinistro in South Africa, get_cadence_request

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 science-support@lcogt.net).

Call for 2016B proposals

The deadline for submission is 10 August 2016, 23:59 UTC.

In 2016B, LCOGT Network has two 2-meter telescopes, nine 1-meter telescopes and three 0.4-meter telescopes available for science observations. The 1m telescopes are equipped with two different imagers (Sinistros and SBIGs); the distribution of camera types will be announced before the start of the semester. For information on the instruments available on the Network's telescopes, please consult the Observatory Instruments page.

Network status: Information on observing requests

We're pleased to announce that we've modified the observatory portal to provide you with a trove of new information on submitted observing requests.

Track asteroids for Asteroid Day with Las Cumbres Observatory

Las Cumbres Observatory have partnered with Asteroid Day and Universe Awareness to create a website which allows you to take pictures of asteroids, using a global network of telescopes, was launched by Dr Edward Gomez at the National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham on Tuesday 28 June. Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) has 18 professional robotic telescopes in 7 remote, astronomical sites across the globe. With this website you can join the international campaign to study and raise awareness about asteroids.

Network status: SBIG "shutter failure" fixed

In recent status reports, I mentioned that we've swapped SBIG cameras on telescopes in Australia (Dome B) and Chile (Dome A). The swaps were only one step in our efforts to eliminate occurrences of "shutter failure" in these cameras. We believe we have now fixed the "shutter failure" problem (on all SBIGs) through a combination of hardware and software modifications. We will continue to monitor the cameras' performance.

Network status: Intra/Inter Proposal Priority

We have implemented a system to allow users to promote (or demote) the priority of observing requests within their science programs. An introduction to this system, called IPP for "Intra/Inter Proposal Priority", is available from our Documentation webpage, as well as in the observatory portalThe IPP system is voluntary; users may choose to adopt or ignore it.

Network status: end of the IPAC archive

May 31 is the last day that LCOGT's archive at IPAC will be available. If you haven't yet switched to retrieving your data from our new archive, you must do so after today. The description of the archive (available at https://lcogt.net/documentation/archive-documentation/) has been substantially improved since the archive was opened. The documentation includes information on the data products available and how to search for images. If you have questions that can't be answered by the information available there, please send an email to science-support@lcogt.net.

Santa Barbara Solar System Ride

LCOGT has participated in this year's Cyclemaynia event in the best way we know how: by geeking out over both cycling and astronomy at the same time.

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