Network Status

Last updated: 18 January 2019

LCO Scheduler Visualization LCO weather pages

COJ Siding Spring Observatory - NSW, Australia 
Clamshell A 2m (#02) Spectral (fs01) Compressor replaced. Testing in prep for science observations.
FLOYDS (en05)
0.4m A (#03) SBIG-6303 (kb24)
0.4m B (#05) SBIG-6303 (kb56) Commissioning in progress.
Dome A 1m (#11) Sinistro (fa12)
Dome B 1m (#03) Sinistro (fa11)
TLV Wise Observatory - Israel 
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa18) Commissioning in progress
CPT SAAO - Sutherland, South Africa 
Dome A 1m (#10) Sinistro (fa16)
Dome B 1m (#13) Sinistro (fa14)
Dome C 1m (#12) Sinistro (fa06) Cryo system needs service. Telescope used for NRES.
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa13)
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#07) SBIG-6303 (kb96) Condensation in camera.
TFN Teide Observatory - Tenerife, Spain 
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#14) SBIG-6303 (kb25)
0.4m B (#10) SBIG-6303 (kb23)
LSC CTIO - Region IV, Chile 
Dome A 1m (#05) Sinistro (fa15)
Dome B 1m (#09) Sinistro (fa04) Telescope dedicated to NRES observations.
Dome C 1m (#04) Sinistro (fa03)
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa09)
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#09) SBIG-6303 (kb95)
Aqawan B 0.4m A (#12) SBIG-6303 (kb26)
ELP McDonald Observatory - Texas, USA 
Dome A 1m (#08) Sinistro (fa05)
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa17) Camera warm.
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#11) SBIG-6303 (kb92)
OGG Haleakala Observatory - Maui, USA 
Clamshell A 2m (#01) Spectral (fs02)
FLOYDS (en06)
0.4m B (#06) SBIG-6303 (kb27)
0.4m C (#04) SBIG-6303 (kb82)

Network-wide:

4 Jan 2019: Based on observations attempted in the 2019A semester, the slew and settle overhead for the 2m Spectral cameras has been increased to 180s.

23 Aug 2018: The default acceptability threshold for FLOYDS observations was increased from 90% to 100%. The science spectrum, arc spectrum, and lamp flat must all be acquired for the observation to be Complete.

1 June 2018: Beginning with the start of the 2018B semester, we only support calibration of images with unbinned pixels from the cameras on the 0.4m telescopes. If you request binned data through the API, you will get binned raw data but not reduced data.

10 May 2018: A new version of the NRES pipeline was released. The new pipeline places all FITS files, including the extracted spectrum, in a single multi-extension FITS file.

26 March 2018:  The coordinate look-up (on the observation request page in the user portal) now includes non-sidereal targets. After the target name is entered, the Type is set to "Non-Sidereal", and the Scheme is selected, the orbital elements of the target will be populated based on a query of the Minor Planet Center Database. (Support for major planets was added in November 2017.)


Siding Spring

18 Jan 2019: Camera kb97 on 0m4b telescope replaced with camera kb56. Commissioning observations are underway.

15 Jan 2019: There's condensation in the kb97 camera (0m4b telescope). The telescope has been taken offline.

27 Dec 2018: The compressor for the fs01 Spectral camera has failed.

18 Dec 2018: New (archon) controllers were installed on the Dome A (fa12) and Dome B (fa11) Sinistro cameras.

7-17 Dec 2018: The 0m4b telescope was out-of-service because of a problem with the pitch axis.

1-17 Dec 2018: The Dome B instrument crate was producing corrupted information. The telescope was completely offline until the source of problem (corrosion on the crate's backplane) could be identified.

19 Nov 2018: 0m4b telescope (kb24 camera) returned to service.

5 - 19 Nov 2018: The Dome A telescope was out-of-service because of a fault on the pitch axis.

10 Nov 2018: Alarm on clamshell enclosure. Stuck partially open.

26 Oct - 01 Nov 2018: The Dome A telescope had an intermittent fault on the pitch axis.

8-12 Sep 2018: Dome A was closed because of a problem with the azimuth drive.

15 Aug - 11 Sep 2018: The fl11 Sinistro camera (on the Dome B telescope) was taken out-of-service. There was a problem with getting power to the controller.

Sutherland

4 Jan 2019: The Dome B Sinistro imager is now available for science observations. The Dome C telescope will be used for NRES.

29 Dec 2018: The fa06 Sinistro (in Dome C) warmed-up and was taken out-of-service.

16 Dec 2018: We've had to take the kb96 SBIG offline because of accumulated condensation behind the camera window.

17 Nov 2018: Dome B telescope resumes operations. This telescope is dedicated for NRES observations.

24 Oct - 14 Nov 2018: Dome A telescope was offline for mirror replacement, cleaning, and collimation.

17 Oct 2018: The Engineering team has arrived on site. 

23 Aug 2018: The CPT-NRES03 spectrograph is available for science observations.

9 Aug 2018: The fl16 Sinistro camera (with an STA Archon CCD controller) is available for science observations again.

Teide

5 Jan 2019: The 0m4b telescope is making science observations again.

2 Jan 2019: The filter wheel on the 0m4b telescope was fixed. Testing is in progress.

18 Oct 2018: The 0m4b telescope was taken out-of-service because of a problem with the filter wheel.

10-17 Oct 2018: The kb99 SBIG camera was replaced by kb25. Science observations commenced on Oct 25.

11 May 2018: The kb88 SBIG camera (on the 0m4b telescope) has moisture inside of it. It has been taken offline until it can be replaced.

30 Nov 2017: The 0m4b telescope (kb88 camera) is now available for science observations.

7-10 Nov 2017: The 0m4a telescope had to be taken offline. Some software bug is causing on-site image reduction processes to not get cancelled when they run too long, causing site software to grind to a halt. 

11 Oct 2017: The 0m4a telescope (with kb99 camera) is now available for science observations.

Cerro Tololo

9-12 Jan 2019: The NRES camera warmed again following a ~10 min power outage. 

1-4 Jan 2019: The NRES camera warmed again and was taken offline. The fa04 imager is being prepared for science observations.

21-25 Dec 2018: The NRES camera is warm (and offline) again. The Dome B imager (fa04) is available for science observations.

7 Dec 2018: The NRES camera has cooled and stabilized. It is available for observations again.

17-18 Nov 2018: The Dome A telescope (fa15 Sinistro) was offline because of a power problem.

25 Oct 2018: The Dome B telescope is available for imaging observations with the fa04 Sinistro camera.

23-24 Oct 2018: The computer controlling the NRES unit malfunctioned. NRES was unavailable.

15 Oct 2018: The Dome C telescope is available for science observations again. The Sinistro imager (fa03) now has an archon controller.

3 Oct 2018: The LSC-NRES unit can now be used for science observations (with the Dome B telescope).

30 Sep 2018: The kb26 camera on the Aqawan B 0.4m telescope is available for science observations.

27 Sep 2018: The kb26 camera was re-installed on the Aqawan B 0.4m telescope.

23 Sep 2018: The kb26 SBIG camera (on the Aqawan B 0.4m telescope) was replaced by kb98. Commissioning is in progress.

19-21 Sep 2018: The kb81 SBIG camera (on the 0.4m telescope in Aqawan A) was replaced with kb95.

18 Sep 2018: Dome C telescope not available. Maintenance in progress.

14 Sep 2018: The LSC_NRES unit is not available. The controller for the backend camera (fl09) will be replaced.

12-29 Sep 2018: The Dome A telescope not available. The primary mirror was replaced.

10 Sep 2018: Dome B telescope not available. Primary mirror replacement in progress.

McDonald

8 Jan 2019: NRES had to be taken offline again when the fa17 camera warmed.

3-17 Dec 2018: The fa17 camera on the ELP-NRES unit was not maintaining temperature. The instrument was taken offline until the Cryotiger compressor could be swapped.

17-18 Nov 2018: The power cable problem took the fa05 Sinistro camera offline again!

11 Nov 2018: The fa05 Sinistro camera was unavailable because of a problem with a power cable.

12 Sep 2018: The fa05 Sinistro camera is available for science observations.

10-30 Sep 2018: The guider unit for the NRES spectrograph was unresponsive, and the NRES was unavailable for science observations.

6 Sep 2018: An Archon controller was installed on the fl05/fa05 Sinistro camera. Camera testing is in progress.

17 Aug 2018: The kb92 SBIG camera begins science observations.

5 Aug 2018: The kb92 SBIG camera replaced the kb80 camera on the 0m4a telescope.

1 Aug 2018: The kb80 SBIG camera was removed from the 0m4a telescope because of strange behavior: images either showed vertical stripes or were completely saturated.

20 Apr 2018: Commissioning of the new 1m primary mirror concluded, and the fl05 Sinistro camera resumed science observations. 

2-13 Apr 2018: Engineering team at site. The primary mirror in the 1m telescope was replaced; the secondary mirror and the corrector plate were cleaned.

Haleakala

1 -2 Nov 2018: The site was offline for IT hardware installations and testing.

25 Oct - 1 Nov 2018: The focus mechanism on the 0m4b telescope was stuck, and it was not available for science observations.

10-11 Oct 2018: The 2m telescope was stuck because of a shattered link in the cable wrap.

28 Sep - 3 Oct 2018: 2m telescope AMN computer problem. Telescope was offline.

6 Sep - 3 Oct 2018: The 0m4c telescope was offline because a contactor on the pitch axis had to be replaced.

31 Aug 2018: The 2m telescope is back in service!

26 Aug 2018: In the aftermath of Hurricane Lane, both the 2m telescope and the 0m4c telescope are offline until some hardware can be replaced.

22-25 Aug 2018: Site closed. Precautions taken to protect assets against wind, rain from Hurricane Lane.