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Last updated: 6 December 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) Problem with instrument crates.
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) Telescope dedicated to NRES observations.
Dome C 1m (#12) Sinistro (fa06)
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa13)
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#07) SBIG-6303 (kb96)
TFN Teide Observatory - Tenerife, Spain 
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#14) SBIG-6303 (kb25)
0.4m B (#10) SBIG-6303 (kb23) Problem with filter wheel
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 (fl17) The backend camera is not staying cold.
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:

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.)

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


Siding Spring

1 Dec 2018: The Dome B instrument crate was producing corrupted information. It's now completely offline.

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.

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

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.

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.

Teide

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

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.

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

McDonald

3 Dec 2018: The fa17 camera on the ELP-NRES unit is not maintaining temperature at its set point. The instrument has been taken offline.

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.