About us

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, building and operating a network of professional robotic telescopes, deployed worldwide, for science and education. Our users include professional astronomers, school children and interested members of the public. It is our goal to be a world-class scientific organization, while enabling a new generation of young people to explore the process of science and scientific thinking, through hands-on astronomy.  Our professional users include the members of our Science Collaboration, a set of institutions that has helped us build our network.

The LCOGT staff includes astronomers, engineers, and technical, logistical, and administrative personnel.  Our headquarters is in Goleta, California, and we have additional personnel in Liverpool and Cardiff in the United Kingdom, and at Siding Spring Observatory and Haleakala Observatory, in Australia and Hawaii respectively.

Our network capabilities emphasize the unique requirements of time-domain astrophysics.  Our instrumentation is designed to allow seamless integration of data from multiple telescopes.  Observations are carried out by fully-robotic, on-site systems that are fed by a single network scheduler.  We support the scheduling of sequences of observations (over all cadences and time periods) as well as rapid-response targets of opportunity.

Mission Statement

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network provides a network of remotely operated scientific observing telescopes and instruments covering 100% of the night sky in the southern hemisphere, and additional observing assets in the north, which combine the technical, operational, data reduction and archiving infrastructure to enable world class scientific studies and educational exploration in time-domain astrophysics.

LCOGT Team

Full list of all LCOGT staff, their contact details and specializations.

Education partners

Groups across the globe who we work with on educational projects.

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