Network Time

We are offering the opportunity to purchase network observing time on our 3 classes of telescope for scientific and educational purposes.

LCO 1-meter network price list

We have up to 3000 hours per year available for purchase on our 1-meter network. 

  • $350/hr + $3,000 (admin fee)  for 20-99 hours per year (admin fee waived if payment made in advance)
  • $300/hr for 100-499 hours per year (admin fee waived)
  • $250/hr for 500 or more hours per year (admin fee waived)

These will be billed as hours used for observations (i.e., guaranteed clear weather), and standard calibration is included at no cost.  Data are pipeline processed and available through the LCOGT archive.  We provide scientific support to help users submit requests and access their data.

20% plus the administration fee due in advance and then quarterly billing.

Prices above apply to use of the nine 1m telescopes in our network in the usual modes. This includes queue-scheduled cadence-driven observations and rapid response.  For requests that drastically limit our ability to schedule (e.g., 500 hours of prescheduled blocks, or only dark time) we reserve the right to charge a TBD premium.

Agreements to purchase network time will have a nominal period of one or more years, but may start in either the A or B semester.  Semesters run (A semester) December-May and (B semester) June-November.  All agreements for time starting in the A semester must be finalized by October 1.  All agreements for time starting in the B semester must be finalized by April 1.

For more information, please contact observe@lco.global

LCO 2-meter network price list

We have up to 400 hours per year available for purchase on our 2-meter network.

  • $700/hr + $3,000 (admin fee)  for 20-99 hours per year (admin fee waived if payment made in advance)
  • $600/hr for 100-400 hours per year (admin fee waived)

For more information, please contact observe@lco.global

LCO 0.4-meter network price list

At this time we have deployed 7 x 0.4-meter telescopes to Cerro Tololo (1), Tenerife (2), Haleakala (2) and Siding Spring (2).  Time is available for purchase at the following rates:

  • $175/hr + $3,000 (admin fee)  for 20-99 hours per year (admin fee waived if payment made in advance)
  • $150/hr for 100-499 hours per year (admin fee waived)
  • $125/hr for 500 or more hours per year (admin fee waived)

For more information, please contact observe@lco.global.