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Last updated: 16 July 2019

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COJ Siding Spring Observatory - NSW, Australia 
Clamshell A 2m (#02) Spectral (fs01)
FLOYDS (en12)
0.4m A (#03) SBIG-6303 (kb97) Replacement camera being tested.
0.4m B (#05) SBIG-6303 (kb56)
Dome A 1m (#11) Sinistro (fa12)
Dome B 1m (#03) Sinistro (fa11)
TLV Wise Observatory - Israel 
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa18)
CPT SAAO - Sutherland, South Africa 
Dome A 1m (#10) Sinistro (fa16) Stuck on pitch axis
Dome B 1m (#13) Sinistro (fa14)
Dome C 1m (#12) Sinistro (fa06) Shared Sinistro/NRES.
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) Camera installed; testing in progress.
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 used for NRES.
Dome C 1m (#04) Sinistro (fa03)
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa09)
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#09) SBIG-6303 (kb95)
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) Shared Sinistro/NRES
Dome B 1m (#06) Sinistro (fa07) Guide camera problem.
Igloo A 1m NRES (fa17)
Aqawan A 0.4m A (#11) SBIG-6303 (kb55)
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:

25 June 2019: The new Observation Portal was unveiled. The structure of the new portal will allow non-LCO observatories to communicate with LCO's scheduling software and facilitate LCO's participation in AEON.

16 May 2019: The lifetime for Rapid Response observations has been extended from 6 hours to 24 hours.

11 Mar 2019: Astrometric solutions for all images are now being determined using the Gaia DR2 catalog.

26 Feb 2019: The request composition page in the user portal now displays target coordinates in both sexagesimal and decimal formats.

12 Feb 2019: The launch of the "real time" BANZAI pipeline is complete. Final data products are now available in the archive a few minutes after the raw data are transferred back to HQ. Quicklook/preview data products are no longer being produced.

5 Feb 2019: The readout time on all Sinistros has been reduced! The total per-frame overhead on Sinistro images is now 27s.

23 Jan 2019: The naming convention for master calibration frames was changed. File names now begin with the site and telescope codes. Example of master flat: coj1m011-fa12-20190124-skyflat-bin1x1-ip.fits.fz.

22 Jan 2019: The target lookup service on the request composition form will now retrieve parallax from SIMBAD and fill the "parallax" field. 


Siding Spring

15 Jul 2019: The camera (kb24) on the 0m4a telescope has condensation in it. The camera has been replaced.

28 Jun - 1 Jul 2019: The 2m telescope was not available for science observations because of a problem with the fiber optic cable.

6 Jun 2019: The 0m4b telescope (kb56 camera) is stuck on the pitch axis. This telescope has been taken offline.

29 May - 1 Jun 2019: A new back-up power supply for the clamshell enclosure was installed. The telescopes in the clamshell were not available for science observations.

9 May 2019: The computer controlling the 2m telescope went offline.

8-9 Apr 2019: The fa11 Sinistro camera on the Dome B telescope warmed-up and was taken out-of-service.

5 Apr 2019: The FLOYDS spectrograph, now with a new camera, is released or science observations.

9 Mar - 1 Apr 2019: The clamshell was closed following an electrical storm and power outage.

14-23 Feb 2019: An amplifier card on one of the telescope motors failed. Observations with the 2m telescope were not possible.

4 Feb 2019: There's a problem with the shutter on the FLOYDS camera. Observations with FLOYDS are suspended. The Spectral camera continues to operate.

31 Jan - 1 Mar 2019: The fa12 Sinistro warmed up and was taken offline.

21 Jan 2019: The fs01 Spectral camera on the 2m telescope, and the kb56 camera on the 0m4b telescope are available for science observations.

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.

Wise

2-20 Jun 2019: The NRES controller malfunctioned. The NRES spectrograph was offline until the controller could be replaced.

22 Mar 2019: The NRES spectrograph at Wise Observatory is available for science observations.

Sutherland

12 Jul 2019: The telescope in Dome A is stuck on the pitch axis. The problem is under investigation.

26 Jun - 1 Jul 2019: A mistake in the configuration of the fa14 (Dome B) and fa06 (Dome C) cameras was found. These cameras were unavailable while new calibration observations were made with the correct configuration parameters.

26 Feb 2019: The kb84 SBIG camera on the 0m4a telescope is available for science observations.

19 Feb 2019: The kb84 SBIG camera replaced kb55 on the 0m4a telescope. Testing of the camera is underway.

22 Jan 2019: The kb55 SBIG camera has replaced kb96 on the 0m4a telescope. Testing of the new camera is underway.

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

Teide

12 Jul 2019: The kb25 camera was removed from the 0m4a telescope.

3 Jun 2019: The shutter on the kb25 camera is intermittently obstructing the field-of-view. This camera has been taken out-of-service until it can be replaced.

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.

Cerro Tololo

3 Jun 2019: The telescope in Dome C was offline with a pitch axis fault. After that was cleared, pointing was off for most of the night!

13-18 May 2019: The NRES autoguider was not reaching its detent position and was taken offline. 

17-23 Apr 2019: The fa15 Sinistro (on the Dome A telescope) warmed up and was not available for science observations.

26 Feb - 2 Apr 2019: The fa09 camera on the NRES spectrograph warmed-up. This NRES unit was taken offline.

7-15 Mar 2019: The AqwA:0m4a telescope (with kb95 SBIG) was offline while configuration files were updated.

30 Jan - Feb 2 2019:  Limit switches on the mirror positioning/focusing assembly of the AqwB:0m4a telescope were sometimes triggered during observations.

22 Jan 2019: There's a problem with the cryo system on the Sinistro in Dome C. The telescope is offline.

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.

McDonald

13 Jul 2019: Dome B is stuck. The problem is under investigation.

10 Jul 2019: The 1m telescope in Dome B is now available for imaging observations.

24-27 Jun 2019: There was a problem with a limit switch on the Dome A telescope. This telescope was out-of-service.

20 May - 2 Jun 2019: Engineering team on site for 1m telescope installation and testing.

22-24 May 2019: The 0m4a telescope (kb55 camera) was offline because of a pitch axis fault.

30 Apr 2019: The kb55 is available for science observations.

17 Apr 2019: The kb94 camera was replaced with kb55. Commissioning of the new camera is in progress.

13 Mar 2019: The kb94 camera failed at approximately 9 UT. The problem is being investigated.

5 Feb 2019: The kb94 camera on the 0m4a telescope is available for science observations.

3 Feb 2019: The NRES instrument is stable at a higher temperature (-80 C) and is making science observations again.

28 Jan - 2 Feb 2019: The NRES instrument warmed again and was taken offline.

23-25 Jan 2019: The 0m4a telescope was stuck on the roll axis.

21 Jan 2019: The NRES unit is available for science observations again.

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

Haleakala

26 - 29 Mar 2019: The 0m4c telescope was offline while the roll drive motor was replaced.

26 Mar 2019: The 0m4a (ASAS-SN) and 0m4b telescopes are available for science observations again. The 

15 Mar 2019: A cable was removed from the pitch axis on the 0m4b telescope and installed on the ASAS-SN telescope.

9 Mar 2019: Computer problem interrupted FLOYDS observations.

1 Mar 2019: Observations with the FLOYDS spectrograph resume.

27 Feb 2019: The 0.4m telescopes resume science observations.

25 Feb 2019: Science observations resume with the Spectral camera on the 2m telescope.

9-23 Feb 2019: Storms knocked-out power to the Haleakala site. No observations are possible.