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Last updated: 26 March 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) Sutherland site closed
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) 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) McDonald Observatory closed
Dome B 1m (#06) Sinistro (fa07) The dome's top 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)

Network-wide:

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.

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.


Siding Spring

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.

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.

Wise

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.

Sutherland

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.

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.

Teide

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.

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.

28 Aug 2019: The Dome B telescope is no longer exclusively for NRES observations. Requests for imaging with the fa04 Sinistro camera are now getting scheduled.

1-8 Aug 2019: The Dome B telescope was getting stuck at a limit on the pitch axis.

McDonald

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.

23 Sep 2019: Dome B is stuck again.

5-20 Sep 2019: The aqawan enclosure was triggering a fault. Observations with the 0m4a and ASAS-SN telescopes were suspended.

3 Sep 2019: The NRES guide camera on the Dome A telescope has ceased operating. ELP-NRES observations are not possible.

27 Aug - 22 Sep 2019: Dome B is stuck. The telescope was offline until the drive could be replaced.

23 Aug 2019: The Boltwood cloud sensors are no longer operational. It's possible for observations to be executed with cloudy skies. Other weather data (e.g. high humidity, high winds) will prohibit observations.

Haleakala

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.

28-29 Aug 2019: The 2m telescope was offline because of a problem with the Az drive computer.

13-16 Aug 2019: The compressor serving the 2m telescope had a mechanical failure. The 2m telescope was unavailable for science observations until the compressor was replaced.