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Last updated: 15 August 2018

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COJ Siding Spring Observatory - NSW, Australia 
Clamshell A 2m (#02) Spectral (fs01)
FLOYDS (en05)
0.4m A (#03) SBIG-6303 (kb24)
0.4m B (#05) SBIG-6303 (kb97)
Dome A 1m (#11) Sinistro (fl12)
Dome B 1m (#03) Sinistro (fl11) Camera warm-up; controller malfunction.
TLV Wise Observatory - Israel 
Igloo A 1m NRES (fl18) Commissioning in progress
CPT SAAO - Sutherland, South Africa 
Dome A 1m (#10) Sinistro (fl16)
Dome B 1m (#13) Dedicated to NRES commissioning.
Dome C 1m (#12) Sinistro (fl06)  
Igloo A 1m NRES (fl13) Commissioning in progress
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#07) SBIG-6303 (kb96)
TFN Teide Observatory - Tenerife, Spain 
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#14) SBIG-6303 (kb99)  
0.4m B (#10) SBIG-6303 (kb23)
LSC CTIO - Region IV, Chile 
Dome A 1m (#05) Sinistro (fl15)
Dome B 1m (#09) Dedicated to NRES observations
Dome C 1m (#04) Sinistro (fl03)  
Igloo A 1m NRES (fl09)
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#09) SBIG-6303 (kb81)
Aqawan B 0.4m A (#12) SBIG-6303 (kb26)
ELP McDonald Observatory - Texas, USA 
Dome A 1m (#08) Sinistro (fl05)
Igloo A 1m NRES (fl17)  
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#11) SBIG-6303 (kb92) Commissioning in progress.
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:

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.)

23 Feb 2018: LCO's weather pages have been redesigned. Check them out!


Siding Spring

15 Aug 2018: The fl11 Sinistro camera (on the Dome B telescope) has been taken out-of-service. The problem is under investigation.

3 Aug 2018: The kb24 camera on 0m4a is available for science observations.

1 Aug 2018: The kb24 camera has replaced kb98 on the 0m4a telescope. Commissioning is in progress.

19 July 2018: kb98 (on the 0m4a telescope) was taken offline because of repeated problems with condensation infiltrating the camera.

28 June 2018: The 2m telescope is available for science observations again!

21 June 2018: The Dome B 1m telescope is available for science observations again!

Sutherland

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

27 Jul - 8 Aug 2018: The Sinistro camera (fl16) on the Dome A telescope is being used to test a new controller. This camera/telescope is not available for science observations.

29 May - 26 Jul 2018: There were problems with the focus mechanism in the 0m4a telescope. The telescope was offline.

12- Feb 2018: The mechanism for controlling the secondary mirror on the Dome B telescope is stuck. This telescope is out-of-service until the mechanism is replaced.

27 Nov 2017: NRES spectrograph commissioning begins.

5- June 2017: The Sinistro in Dome B (fl14) has a CCD readout problem. This camera is out-of-service.

Teide

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.

21 Sep 2017: The kb99 SBIG camera was installed in place of kb29. Commissioning of the new camera began.

Cerro Tololo

10-14 Aug 2018: The fl15 Sinistro (on the Dome A telescope) was offline. Images show intermittent dark/light streaks.

23 Apr 2018: Another SBIG camera, kb81, was installed on the 0m4a telescope in Aqawan A.

9 Apr 2018: The kb95 SBIG (on the 0m4a telescope in Aqawan A) has been removed because of condensation inside the camera.

31 Mar - 19 Apr 2018: Observations with the NRES unit were suspended because the ThAr arc lamp failed.

6 Dec 2017 - 17 Jan 2018: The fl09 camera in the NRES spectrograph warmed-up. The cryotiger system was serviced on January 15.

McDonald

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

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

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

8 Nov 2017: The NRES spectrograph was released for science observations.

Haleakala

3-12 Apr 2018: The 0m4c telescope was offline because of condensation inside the kb82 SBIG camera. The camera was dried-out and cleaned.

12-20 Feb 2018: The computer controlling the guide camera for the Spectral imager died and had to be replaced.

17-24 Jan 2018: The 0m4b telescope was stuck on the pitch axis. 

9 Dec 2017 - 15 Jan 2018: The 0m4b telescope (kb27 camera) was out-of-service again because of a problem with the cables to the focus/collimation motors.

13 Nov - 7 Dec 2017: The 0m4b telescope (kb27 camera) was offline because of a problem with the focus mechanism.