Observatory Status

Siding Spring Observatory - NSW, Australia

COJ

Clamshell
2m
Spectral (fs01)
FLOYDS (en12)
0.4m A
SBIG (kb24)
0.4m B
SBIG (kb88)
kb88 commissioning in progress since 2021-01-21
Dome A
1m
Sinistro (fa12)
Dome B
1m
Sinistro (fa19)

Wise Observatory - Israel

TLV

Dome A
1m
NRES (nres-agu-ak13)
Igloo

SAAO - Sutherland, South Africa

CPT

Dome A
1m
Sinistro (fa16)
Dome B
1m
Sinistro (fa14)
Dome C
1m
Sinistro (fa06)
Aqawan A
0.4m A
SBIG (kb84)
0.4m B
FLI PL230 (ff13,14,15,16)
ASAS-SN
Igloo

Teide Observatory - Tenerife, Spain

TFN

Dome A
1m
Telescope not yet installed
Sinistro (faxx)
Dome B
1m
Telescope not yet installed
Sinistro (faxx)
Aqawan A
0.4m A
SBIG (kb81)
0.4m B
SBIG (kb98)

CTIO - Region IV, Chile

LSC

Dome A
1m
Sinistro (fa15)
Dome B
1m
Shared Sinistro/NRES
Sinistro (fa04)
Camera shutter malfunction. since 2020-10-25
Dome C
1m
Sinistro (fa03)
Aqawan A
0.4m A
SBIG (kb29)
0.4m B
FLI PL230 (ff05,06,07,08)
ASAS-SN
Aqawan B
0.4m A
SBIG (kb26)
0.4m B
FLI PL230 (ff09,10,11,12)
ASAS-SN
Igloo - Instrumentation problems since 2020-10-15

McDonald Observatory - Texas, USA

ELP

Dome A
1m
Sinistro (fa05)
Dome B
1m
Sinistro (fa07)
Aqawan A
0.4m A
SBIG (kb92)
0.4m B
FLI PL230 (ff17,18,19,20)
Igloo - Camera warm since 2020-09-08

Haleakala Observatory - Maui, USA

OGG

Clamshell
2m
None (mc03)
FLOYDS (en06)
0.4m A
FLI PL230 (ff01,02,03,04)
ASAS-SN
0.4m B
SBIG (kb27)
0.4m C
SBIG (kb82)
Operational
Offline

Network-wide:

4-6 Dec 2020: An rsync error deleted the astronomy catalogs (Gaia DR2, 2MASS, USNO, etc.) on our site computers throughout the network, making astrometric solutions impossible. Over the weekend, the spectrographs (NRES, FLOYDS) were taken offline. Imaging observations may have large pointing errors.

15 Jul 2020: The LCO website has a new style. The website now includes a search box.


Siding Spring

21 Jan 2021: The kb88 SBIG camera replaced kb56 on the 0m4b telescope. Testing observations are in progress.

16-19 Nov 2020: The 0m4a telescope was offline to make an adjustment to the primary mirror.

31 Oct 2020: The 1m telescope in Dome A is available for science observations again.

27 Oct - 12 Nov 2020: The mount interface computer on the 0m4a telescope (kb24 camera) malfunctioned. The telescope was offline.

18 Oct 2020: The fa12 Sinistro, on the 1m telescope in Dome A, is offline until the old controller can be replaced and new one tested.

12 Oct 2020: The kb24 camera was installed in place of kb28 (SBIG). Testing of the camera is in-progress.

9 Oct 2020: An electrical fault on Dome A prevented it from moving.

11 Sep 2020: Telescopes/Instruments are now being tested before resuming science observations. The kb28 camera on the 0m4a telescope has failed.

3-10 Sep 2020: No power to site. Observations not possible.

5 Aug 2020: A power supply alert necessitated closure of the clamshell. Observations with the 2m and 0.4m telescopes were discontinued.

15-21 Jul 2020: The 0m4b telescope was taken offline so that it could be re-collimated.

Wise

28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021: A problem with the ASCOM server blocked the reporting of telemetry data. Observations were not possible until the server was fixed.

10 Dec 2020: Software was deployed to improve the synchronization between telescope motion and NRES exposure timing.

6-9 Oct 2020: The telescope was offline because of problems with its control computer.

27-28 Sep 2020: The ak13 guide camera was showing erratic temperatures. The NRES instrument was offline.

29 Jul - 5 Aug 2020: The acquisition and guide camera stopped working. NRES observations were not possible.

Sutherland

22 Dec 2020: Once again, the fa06 Sinistro camera has warmed-up.

14 Dec 2020: The fa06 Sinistro camera (on the telescope in Dome C) warmed up.

20 Nov 2020: The NRES unit is available for science observations again. It is operating at a slightly warmer temperature (-85 C).

15-20 Nov 2020: The telescope in Dome A was stuck on the roll axis.

6 Nov 2020: Power was cycled on the NRES backend camera (fa13) and now the camera remains warm (and offline).

2 Nov 2020: The controller on the fa16 Sinistro was swapped, and a problem with the dome motion was fixed. The Dome A telescope is acquiring science data again!

22 Oct 2020: The NRES spectrograph is available for science observations again.

16 Oct 2020: The dry air system has been connected to the NRES spectrograph again. NRES is being tested in preparation for science observations.

18 Aug 2020: The power supply to fa16 Sinistro camera (on the Dome A telescope) has failed. The telescope has been taken offline.

8 Aug 2020: A hose from the dry air tank has failed. The NRES unit has no pressure control, and is not available for science observations.

31 May - 2 Jun 2020: The Mount Interface Computer (MIC) on the Dome C telescope was offline. The telescope was not operational.

Teide

16 Oct - 18 Nov 2020: Observations were suspended because of high atmospheric dust content.

Cerro Tololo

7 Dec 2020: The fa15 camera (in Dome A) warmed-up, then cooled again. Observations resumed during the Dec 8 night.

17 Nov 2020: The vacuum on the fa15 camera was pumped down, and the camera was cooled again. The Dome A telescope is available again.

15-17 Nov 2020: The telescope in Dome C was stuck on the pitch axis. All three 1-meter telescopes were offline!

7 Nov 2020: Bad communications with Aqawan A have taken the kb29 SBIG and one ASAS-SN telescope offline.

6 Nov 2020: The fa15 Sinistro (on the Dome A 1m telescope) has warmed and been taken offline.

31 Oct 2020: The 1m telescope in Dome A is available for science observations again.

26 Oct 2020: The camera shutter is in the field-of-view of the 1m telescope in Dome B.

26 Oct 2020: The 1m telescope in Dome C is available for science observations again.

21 Oct 2020: The 0.4m telescopes in Aqawans A and B are available for science observations again!

14 Oct 2020: Power was restored to LCO's site! Testing of equipment (after 7 months without power) begins.

McDonald

30 Oct 2020: Power recovery completed. Science observations resume. The appearance of the CCD surface changed again, requiring the acquisition of new flat fields.

28 Oct 2020: A severe storm caused an observatory-wide power outage!

2 Oct 2020: The fa05 Sinistro camera unexpectedly warmed-up, altering the appearance of the CCD surface. Observations from Oct 2-6 had to be processed with new flat fields.

24 Sep - 3 Oct 2020: The 0m4a telescope was unreachable because of a faulty ethernet switch.

11 Sep - 5 Oct 2020: The instrument crates on the Dome B telescope are not powering-up. This telescope was not available for science observations.

8 Sep 2020: The NRES camera has warmed-up and been taken offline.

3 Sep 2020: The NRES spectrograph is available for science observations again!

23 Aug 2020: The 0m4a telescope (kb92 SBIG camera) resumes science observations.

22 Aug 2020: The 1m telescope in Dome B resumes science observations.

18 Aug 2020: The kb92 SBIG camera replaced kb88 on the 0m4a telescope. Testing is underway.

15 Aug 2020: Dome B shutter fixed. Telescope/Camera testing begins.

9-23 Aug 2020: An LCO engineering team was on site.

4-10 Aug 2020: Roll axis errors on the Dome A telescope worsened. This telescope was not available for science observations.

5-12 Jun 2020: The Dome A 1m telescope was triggering a roll axis overspeed interlock.

26 May - 8 Jun 2020: Intermittent "overspeed" errors on the pitch axis of the 0m4a telescope.

Haleakala

13 Jan 2021: A comms problem kept MuSCAT3 instrument offline. Only FLOYDS observations were possible.

9-12 Jan 2021: The 0m4c telescope was stuck on the pitch axis.

22-23 Dec 2020: The 0m4c telescope was stuck on the roll axis.

1 Oct 2020: First MuSCAT3 science observation!

29 Sep 2020: The FLOYDS spectrograph is available for science observations again.

28 Sep 2020: First light on MuSCAT3! Engineering commissioning begins.

23 Sep 2020: The focus mechanism on the 0m4c telescope is stuck at a limit.

21 Sep 2020: Installation of MuSCAT3 has begun! The Spectral camera has been removed from the telescope, and FLOYDS is unavailable.

17 Sep - 14 Oct 2020: The focus mechanism on the 0m4b telescope was stuck. The telescope was not available for science observations.

14 Sep 2020: Assembly of the MuSCAT3 instrument begins!

10-11 Sep 2020: There was a problem with the cable wrap on the 2m telescope. The telescope was unavailable while the wrap was fixed.

29-31 Jul 2020: The azimuth motor on FTN's secondary mirror overheated, and the telescope was offline.

25-27 Jul 2020: Haleakala Observatory was closed because of Hurricane Douglass.

17-20 Jul 2020: The 0m4c telescope was disabled for a fault on the roll axis.