Observatory Status

Siding Spring Observatory - NSW, Australia

COJ

Clamshell
2m
Spectral (fs01)
FLOYDS (en12)
0.4m A
SBIG (kb24)
0.4m B
SBIG (kb56)
Dome A
1m
Sinistro (fa12)
Camera offline since 2020-10-18
Dome B
1m
Sinistro (fa19)

Wise Observatory - Israel

TLV

Dome A
1m
NRES (nres-agu-ak13)
Igloo

SAAO - Sutherland, South Africa

CPT

Dome A
1m
Sinistro (fa16)
Dome fault since 2020-08-18
Dome B
1m
Sinistro (fa14)
Dome C
1m
Sinistro (fa06)
Aqawan A
0.4m A
SBIG (kb84)
0.4m B
FLI PL230 (ff13,14,15,16)
ASAS-SN
Igloo

Teide Observatory - Tenerife, Spain

TFN

Dome A
1m
Telescope not yet installed
Sinistro (faxx)
Dome B
1m
Telescope not yet installed
Sinistro (faxx)
Aqawan A
0.4m A
SBIG (kb81)
0.4m B
SBIG (kb98)

CTIO - Region IV, Chile

LSC

Dome A
1m
Sinistro (fa15)
Telescope checkout in-progress since 2020-10-15
Dome B
1m
Shared Sinistro/NRES
Sinistro (fa04)
Instrument checkout in-progress
Dome C
1m
Sinistro (fa03)
Instrument checkout in-progress
Aqawan A
0.4m A
SBIG (kb29)
0.4m B
FLI PL230 (ff05,06,07,08)
ASAS-SN
Aqawan B
0.4m A
SBIG (kb26)
0.4m B
FLI PL230 (ff09,10,11,12)
ASAS-SN
Igloo - Instrument testing in-progress since 2020-10-15

McDonald Observatory - Texas, USA

ELP

Dome A
1m
Sinistro (fa05)
Dome B
1m
Sinistro (fa07)
Aqawan A
0.4m A
SBIG (kb92)
0.4m B
FLI PL230 (ff17,18,19,20)
Igloo - Camera warm since 2020-09-08

Haleakala Observatory - Maui, USA

OGG

Clamshell
2m
MuSCAT3 installation in progress
None (mc03)
FLOYDS (en06)
0.4m A
FLI PL230 (ff01,02,03,04)
ASAS-SN
0.4m B
SBIG (kb27)
0.4m C
SBIG (kb82)
Operational
Offline

Network-wide:

15 Jul 2020: The LCO website has a new style. The website now includes a search box.

7 May 2020: The BANZAI imaging pipeline has been updated. Data products now include a new ERR extension, which contains an array of uncertainties associated with each pixel in the image.

20 Mar 2020: In response to Governor Newsom's order for all California residents to "stay at home" except for activity needed to maintain essential services, all LCO employees are required to work from home.

16 Mar 2020: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LCO employees have been asked to practice social distancing, and those who are able to work from home are doing so.


Siding Spring

18 Oct 2020: The fa12 Sinistro, on the 1m telescope in Dome A, is offline.

12 Oct 2020: The kb24 camera was installed in place of kb28 (SBIG). Testing of the camera is in-progress.

9 Oct 2020: An electrical fault on Dome A prevented it from moving.

11 Sep 2020: Telescopes/Instruments are now being tested before resuming science observations. The kb28 camera on the 0m4a telescope has failed.

3-10 Sep 2020: No power to site. Observations not possible.

5 Aug 2020: A power supply alert necessitated closure of the clamshell. Observations with the 2m and 0.4m telescopes were discontinued.

15-21 Jul 2020: The 0m4b telescope was taken offline so that it could be re-collimated.

15-24 Apr 2020: The focus mechanism on the 0m4a telescope is broken. The telescope is unavailable for science observations.

1-13 Mar 2020: Images from the fa19 Sinistro camera appear hazy in some filters. The camera was unavailable while the problem was under investigation.

Wise

6-9 Oct 2020: The telescope was offline because of problems with its control computer.

27-28 Sep 2020: The ak13 guide camera was showing erratic temperatures. The NRES instrument was offline.

29 Jul - 5 Aug 2020: The acquisition and guide camera stopped working. NRES observations were not possible.

22-26 Apr 2020: The telescope was out-of-service because of a problem with the guide motor.

Sutherland

22 Oct 2020: The NRES spectrograph is available for science observations again.

16 Oct 2020: The dry air system has been connected to the NRES spectrograph again. NRES is being tested in preparation for science observations.

18 Aug 2020: The power supply to fa16 Sinistro camera (on the Dome A telescope) has failed. The telescope has been taken offline.

8 Aug 2020: A hose from the dry air tank has failed. The NRES unit has no pressure control, and is not available for science observations.

31 May - 2 Jun 2020: The Mount Interface Computer (MIC) on the Dome C telescope was offline. The telescope was not operational.

27 May 2020: The Dome A telescope is available for science observations again.

20 May 2020: The fa16 Sinistro is cold again. Calibration and checkout are in progress.

14 May 2020: The NRES unit is available for science observations. The light is fed from the Dome B telescope.

6 May 2020: Operations at Sutherland resume! The Dome A 1-meter telescope is still not available for science observations.

26 Mar 2020: The SAAO has decided to suspend operations at Sutherland due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teide

29 Apr 2020: The 0m4a telescope (with kb81 camera) is no longer stuck. Testing is in progress.

15 Apr 2020: The 0m4b telescope (with kb98 camera) is available for science observations.

14 Apr 2020: Operations at Teide Observatory have resumed.

29 Mar 2020: The IAC has decided to shut down Teide Observatory.

Cerro Tololo

21 Oct 2020: The 0.4m telescopes in Aqawans A and B are available for science observations again!

14 Oct 2020: Power was restored to LCO's site! Testing of equipment (after 7 months without power) begins.

17 Mar 2020: The National OIR Lab decided to suspend operations at CTIO due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Science observations are not possible until the site is re-opened.

McDonald

2 Oct 2020: The fa05 Sinistro camera unexpectedly warmed-up, altering the appearance of the CCD surface. Observations from Oct 2-6 had to be processed with new flat fields.

24 Sep - 3 Oct 2020: The 0m4a telescope was unreachable because of a faulty ethernet switch.

11 Sep - 5 Oct 2020: The instrument crates on the Dome B telescope are not powering-up. This telescope was not available for science observations.

8 Sep 2020: The NRES camera has warmed-up and been taken offline.

3 Sep 2020: The NRES spectrograph is available for science observations again!

23 Aug 2020: The 0m4a telescope (kb92 SBIG camera) resumes science observations.

22 Aug 2020: The 1m telescope in Dome B resumes science observations.

18 Aug 2020: The kb92 SBIG camera replaced kb88 on the 0m4a telescope. Testing is underway.

15 Aug 2020: Dome B shutter fixed. Telescope/Camera testing begins.

9-23 Aug 2020: An LCO engineering team was on site.

4-10 Aug 2020: Roll axis errors on the Dome A telescope worsened. This telescope was not available for science observations.

5-12 Jun 2020: The Dome A 1m telescope was triggering a roll axis overspeed interlock.

26 May - 8 Jun 2020: Intermittent "overspeed" errors on the pitch axis of the 0m4a telescope.

22 May - 2 Jun 2020: The air compressor in Dome A has failed. The Dome A telescope is not available for science observations.

19-23 May 2020: The 0m4a telescope was stuck on the pitch axis.

17 Apr 2020: The 1m telescope in Dome A (fa05 Sinistro camera) is available for science observations.

16 Apr 2020: The 0m4a telescope (kb88 camera) is available for science observations.

14 Apr 2020: Operations at McDonald Observatory have resumed.

25 Mar 2020: Operations at McDonald Observatory are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

24 Mar 2020: The upper shutter on Dome B doesn't open all the way. This telescope is unavailable for science observations.

13 Mar 2020: McDonald Observatory is closed to visitors. The site trip to service the ELP-NRES unit is postponed.

Haleakala

23 Sep 2020: The focus mechanism on the 0m4c telescope is stuck at a limit.

21 Sep 2020: Installation of MuSCAT3 has begun! The Spectral camera has been removed from the telescope, and FLOYDS is unavailable.

17 Sep - 14 Oct 2020: The focus mechanism on the 0m4b telescope was stuck. The telescope was not available for science observations.

14 Sep 2020: Assembly of the MuSCAT3 instrument begins!

10-11 Sep 2020: There was a problem with the cable wrap on the 2m telescope. The telescope was unavailable while the wrap was fixed.

29-31 Jul 2020: The azimuth motor on FTN's secondary mirror overheated, and the telescope was offline.

25-27 Jul 2020: Haleakala Observatory was closed because of Hurricane Douglass.

17-20 Jul 2020: The 0m4c telescope was disabled for a fault on the roll axis.

12-28 May 2020: The roll drive motor was removed from the 0m4c telescope.