News & Press Releases

20 Jun 2011

This is an engineering-notes blog. I plan on posting regular updates on my day-to-day happenings in a very casual format.

20 Jun 2011

Saturday was a case of “third time is the charm” in terms of scheduling a star party for the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) as the first two attempts were weathered out. Even Saturday evening when we were gathering at

16 Jun 2011

The cover of this week's Santa Barbara Independent (June 16-23, 2011, Vol. 25, No. 283) features not only LCOGT, but how Santa Barbara is rising “to become a center of the astronomy universe.” (from the cover of the SB Independent).

16 Jun 2011

It is that time of year again when the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) announces the winners of their eight awards, which include amateur astronomy and outreach efforts, significant contributions to astronomy research, outstanding Ph.D thesis, and teaching at different levels.

10 Jun 2011

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) achieved a critical milestone today, with two 40’ containers leaving their Santa Barbara headquarters en route to the CTIO observatory node in Chile. Inside the containers are three sets of enclosure walls designed and built by LCOGT for our 1-meter class telescopes.

04 Jun 2011
   When Dr. Günther Hasinger, the new director of the University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy (IfA), recently visited Maui I was more than happy to give him some time on the Faulkes Telescope North.  I did this to help him a better understanding of what the facility can and does mean to education and outreach in Hawai`i.  Dr. Hasinger had prepared to image Hartley 2G.
26 May 2011

Astronomy Picture of the Day (or APOD) featured the Supernova Sonata, featuring stars exploding to music. 

23 May 2011

The LCOGT network will consist of at least six sites around the world to create its unique capabilities to observe for 24/7 in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. These sites include additions to Haleakala and Siding Spring next to the two Faulkes Telescopes.

09 May 2011

We held our first star party at Photon Ranch for 2011. The guests were from The Oaks Parent Child Workshop, a preschool located in Santa Barbara. For the past two years, LCOGT has donated a star party as a silent auction item to raise money for