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Last updated: 27 May 2020

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COJ Siding Spring Observatory - NSW, Australia 
Clamshell A 2m (#02) Spectral (fs01)
FLOYDS (en12)
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)
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)
0.4m B (#10) SBIG-6303 (kb98)
LSC CTIO - Region IV, Chile 
Dome A 1m (#05) Sinistro (fa15) CTIO site closed
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) No air pressure to telescope.
Dome B 1m (#06) Sinistro (fa07) Dome shutter won't open all the way.
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa17) Camera vacuum leak
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)
FLOYDS (en06)
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) Roll drive motor replacement

Network-wide:

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.

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.


Siding Spring

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.

28 Feb 2020: The fa19 Sinistro on the Dome B 1-meter telescope is available for science observations.

12 Feb 2020: The fa19 Sinistro camera was installed on the 1-meter telescope in Dome B. Commissioning is in progress.

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.

Wise

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

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.

Sutherland

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.

17 Feb 2020: The fa16 Sinistro camera on the Dome A telescope has warmed up. This camera is not available for science observations.

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.

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.

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.

Cerro Tololo

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

18-19 Feb 2020: The 1m telescope in Dome A was stuck on the roll axis.

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 science observations.

11 Dec 2019: The kb96 camera had moisture in it. It was replaced by kb29, which is currently being tested.

22 Nov 2019: The kb96 camera, on the 0m4a telescope in Aqawan A, is available for science observations.

14 Nov 2019 - 20 Jan 2020: The fa15 Sinistro camera, on the Dome A 1m telescope, warmed-up and was unavailable for science observations.

11 Nov 2019: The kb96 SBIG camera was installed on the 0m4a telescope in Aqawan A. Testing is in progress.

30 Oct 2019: The controller on the Dome B Sinistro (fa04) was replaced.

22-28 Oct 2019: The Dome A telescope was stuck on the roll axis.

15 Oct 2019: Condensation has built-up on the AqwA:kb95 SBIG camera, so it has been taken offline.

McDonald

22 May 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.

16 Feb - 5 Mar, 9 Mar 2020: The upper shutter on Dome B intermittently does not open all the way. The problem is being investigated.

28 Jan 2020: The NRES back-end camera warmed-up. The NRES instrument is offline while the cryostat is examined.

13 Dec 2019: The NRES instrument is available for science observations again.

5 Dec 2019: The controller on the NRES back-end camera was swapped. The camera is being tested and is not available for science observations.

6 Nov 2019: The NRES back-end camera is cold again, and NRES is available for science observations.

29 Oct 2019: The kb88 SBIG camera, on the 0m4a telescope, is now available for science observations.

28 Oct 2019: The Dome A Sinistro camera (fa05) is available for science observations again.

23 Oct 2019: The NRES back-end camera warmed-up.

21 Oct 2019: NRES observations resume with the Dome A telescope. Sinistro observations resume with the Dome B telescope.

20 Oct 2019: The kb55 SBIG camera (on the 0m4a telescope) was replaced with kb88. The NRES guide camera on the Dome A telescope was replaced.

18 Oct 2019: The Dome A Sinistro camera (fa05) has been take offline for servicing.

17 Oct 2019: The Sinistro camera (fa07) on the Dome B telescope has been taken offline for servicing.

10 Oct 2019: Dome B has been repaired/modified, and it can now move freely. Observations with ELP-NRES resumed using the Dome B telescope.

Haleakala

12 May 2020: The roll drive motor was removed from the 0m4c telescope. Science observations are not possible until the motor is replaced.

27-28 Feb 2020: Communications to Haleakala Observatory were severed. The problem was with Hawaiian Telecom and not under LCO's control.

24 Feb 2020: Power to Haleakala Observatory was restored. Science observations have resumed.

10 Feb 2020: Because of a powerful storm, there is no power at Haleakala Observatory. No observations are possible.

24-30 Jan 2020: A fan on the 2m telescope's hydraulic system malfunctioned. The 2m telescope had to be taken offline because the oil wouldn't cool and remained offline until the fan was replaced.