Last updated: 12 February 2020
|COJ||Siding Spring Observatory - NSW, Australia|
|Clamshell A||2m (#02)||Spectral (fs01)|
|0.4m A (#03)||SBIG-6303 (kb28)|
|0.4m B (#05)||SBIG-6303 (kb56)|
|Dome A||1m (#11)||Sinistro (fa12)|
|Dome B||1m (#03)||Sinistro (fa19)||New camera installed. Commissioning in progress.|
|TLV||Wise Observatory - Israel|
|Igloo A||1m||NRES (fa18)|
|CPT||SAAO - Sutherland, South Africa|
|Dome A||1m (#10)||Sinistro (fa16)|
|Dome B||1m (#13)||Sinistro (fa14)||Shared Sinistro/NRES|
|Dome C||1m (#12)||Sinistro (fa06)|
|Igloo A||1m||NRES (fa13)|
|Aqawan A||0.4m A (#07)||SBIG-6303 (kb84)|
|0.4m B||FLI PL230 (ff13,ff14,ff15,ff16)||ASAS-SN|
|TFN||Teide Observatory - Tenerife, Spain|
|Aqawan A||0.4m A (#14)||SBIG-6303 (kb81)||Telescope stuck on roll axis.|
|0.4m B (#10)||SBIG-6303 (kb98)|
|LSC||CTIO - Region IV, Chile|
|Dome A||1m (#05)||Sinistro (fa15)|
|Dome B||1m (#09)||Sinistro (fa04)||Shared Sinistro/NRES observations.|
|Dome C||1m (#04)||Sinistro (fa03)|
|Igloo A||1m||NRES (fa09)|
|Aqawan A||0.4m A (#09)||SBIG-6303 (kb29)|
|0.4m B||FLI PL230 (ff05,ff06,ff07,ff08)||ASAS-SN|
|Aqawan B||0.4m A (#12)||SBIG-6303 (kb26)|
|0.4m B||FLI PL230 (ff09,ff10,ff11,ff12)||ASAS-SN|
|ELP||McDonald Observatory - Texas, USA|
|Dome A||1m (#08)||Sinistro (fa05)|
|Dome B||1m (#06)||Sinistro (fa07)|
|Igloo A||1m||NRES (fa17)||Camera warm.|
|Aqawan A||0.4m A (#11)||SBIG-6303 (kb88)|
|0.4m A||FLI PL230 (ff17,ff18,ff19,ff20)||ASAS-SN|
|OGG||Haleakala Observatory - Maui, USA|
|Clamshell A||2m (#01)||Spectral (fs02)||No power at site.|
|0.4m A||FLI PL230 (ff01,ff02,ff03,ff04)||ASAS-SN|
|0.4m B (#06)||SBIG-6303 (kb27)|
|0.4m C (#04)||SBIG-6303 (kb82)|
17 Dec 2019: We've simplified the procedure for repeating a sequence of exposures. By setting an observation request's type to "Exposure Sequence", the instrument configurations (i.e. filters, exposure times, etc) are repeated as many times as possible for a user-specified duration. For more information, check the "Getting Started" guide or the Developers page.
19 Nov 2019: The Sinistro camera on the 1-meter telescopes can now be used in a "fast cadence readout mode." The mode reads the central 2048 x 2048 pixels, with 2x2 pixel binning, and with a readout overhead of 9 seconds. For more information, see the Sinistro webpage.
5 Nov 2019: Observation requests can now be composed with multiple Instrument Configurations for each Configuration. This feature allows, e.g., a series of exposures to alternate between filters without requiring the target to be re-acquired.
6 Aug 2019: The first "live" observations of the nascent AEON were a success! Science observations on the SOAR 4.1m telescope were scheduled in AEON-mode, with SOAR users submitting requests to LCO's scheduling software.
12 Feb 2020: The fa19 Sinistro camera was installed on the 1-meter telescope in Dome B.
20-21 Jan 2020: The Auxiliary Mechanisms Node failed to boot-up. The 2m telescope was unavailable for science observations.
16 Jan 2020: The kb28 camera is available for science observations.
8 Jan 2020: Following months of investigation/experimentation on-site, the fa11 Sinistro has been removed from the Dome B telescope. The fa11 camera will be shipped back to HQ for thorough testing.
7 Jan 2020: The kb28 camera replaced kb97 on the 0m4a telescope.
16 Dec 2019: The kb97 camera, on the 0m4a telescope, has malfunctioned and is not available for science observations.
11-12 Nov 2019: Siding Spring Observatory is closed because of the threat of bush fires.
6-11 Nov 2019: A disk failed on the motion interface computer for the 0m4b telescope. It was not available for science observations.
27 Oct 2019: The fa11 Sinistro camera (on the Dome B telescope) warmed up again.
21 Oct 2019: A valve and vacuum gauge were replaced on the fa11 Sinistro camera. The camera is acquiring calibrations in preparation for renewing science observations.
30 Sep - 1 Oct 2019: The Dome A telescope got stuck on the roll axis and was unavailable for science observations.
12 Sep 2019: The Dome A telescope is back in service.
11 Sep 2019: Double whammy! The 1m telescope in Dome A is stuck, and the Sinistro camera on the Dome B 1m telescope warmed-up. Both telescopes are not available for science observations.
6 Aug - 8 Sep 2019: The fa11 Sinistro (on the Dome B telescope) had condensation on the CCD window. The camera was warmed-up and taken out-of-service.
31 Jul - 3 Aug 2019: Lost communication to site's UPS.
23 Jul 2019: The new camera (kb97) on the 0m4a telescope is ready for science observations.
15 Jul 2019: The camera (kb24) on the 0m4a telescope has condensation in it. The camera has been replaced with kb97.
28 Jun - 1 Jul 2019: The 2m telescope was not available for science observations because of a problem with the fiber optic cable.
14-18 Nov 2019: The telescope was offline due to a software problem triggered by an OS upgrade.
8 Nov 2019: NRES is available for science observations again.
5 Nov 2019: The NRES guide camera was replaced. The new camera is being tested.
23 Oct 2019: The dome is undergoing maintenance.
20 Oct 2019: The guide camera has failed. No NRES observations are possible until the camera is replaced.
3 Oct 2019: Science observations with the NRES spectrograph have resumed.
25 Sep 2019: The acquisition camera has been serviced. Tests of pinhole stability are in-progress.
6 Sep 2019: The pinhole on the acquisition camera is still unstable. An investigation is in-progress. The NRES unit is not available for science.
28-29 Aug 2019: The NRES unit was taken offline because the AGU pinhole is not stable.
2 Dec 2019: The Dome C telescope is available for science observations.
19 Nov 2019: The Dome C telescope is online again. Calibration observations are being acquired prior to release for science observations.
8 Nov 2019: The long crate in Dome C has been replaced, but additional problems are keeping the telescope offline.
31 Oct 2019: The 0m4a telescope was taken offline because of a recurring problem with the focus mechanism.
14 Oct - 8 Nov 2019: There was an electrical failure in the Dome C long crate. The crate was replaced.
8 Sep 2019: The engineering team is on site for routine maintenance work. Some telescopes will occasionally be taken out-of-service. The team will remain until September 25.
6-9 Sep 2019: The fa06 Sinistro camera on the Dome B telescope warmed-up. The cooling system was replaced, and the camera is back in operation.
4-9 Sep 2019: The Dome A telescope was stuck at a limit on the pitch (Dec) axis.
19-22 Jul 2019: The Thorium-Argon reference lamp in the NRES spectrograph had to be replaced. Only imaging (Sinistro) observations were possible with the Dome C telescope.
12-31 Jul 2019: The telescope in Dome A gets stuck on the pitch axis before the start-of-night. A (manual) procedure is used to recover the telescope.
26 Jun - 1 Jul 2019: A mistake in the configuration of the fa14 (Dome B) and fa06 (Dome C) cameras was found. These cameras were unavailable while new calibration observations were made with the correct configuration parameters.
2 Jan 2020: The 0m4a telescope is stuck on the roll axis. Science observations are not possible.
7 Nov 2019: The kb98 camera on the 0m4b telescope is available for science observations.
29 Oct 2019: The kb23 camera on the 0m4b telescope has been replaced by the kb98 camera. The new camera is being tested.
5 Aug 2019: The kb81 camera (on the 0m4a telescope) has been released for science observations.
30 Jul 2019: A faulty fan on the kb81 camera was replaced. The camera is now being tested prior to beginning science observations.
12 Jul 2019: The kb25 camera was removed from the 0m4a telescope and replaced with the the kb81 camera.
7 Jan 2020: The compressor on the fa15 Sinistro camera (Dome A telescope) was replaced. The camera is being tested in preparation for science observations.
14 Dec 2019: The kb29 camera, on the 0m4a telescope in Aqawan A, is available for scienc