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Two years of LCOGT operations: the challenges of a global observatory
Author(s): Nikolaus Volgenau; Todd Boroson
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Paper Abstract

With 18 telescopes distributed over 6 sites, and more telescopes being added in 2016, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network is a unique resource for timedomain astronomy. The Network's continuous coverage of the night sky, and the optimization of the observing schedule over all sites simultaneously, have enabled LCOGTusers to produce significant science results. However, practical challenges to maximizing the Network's science output remain. The Network began providing observations for members of its Science Collaboration and other partners in May 2014. In the two years since then, LCOGT has made a number of improvements to increase the Network's science yield. We also now have two years' experience monitoring observatory performance; effective monitoring of an observatory that spans the globe is a complex enterprise. Here, we describe some of LCOGT's efforts to monitor the Network, assess the quality of science data, and improve communication with our users.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99101C (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233830
Show Author Affiliations
Nikolaus Volgenau, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Todd Boroson, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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