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Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network is an integrated set of robotic telescopes, distributed around the world. The network currently includes two 2-meter telescopes, sited in Hawaii and eastern Australia, and nine 1-meter telescopes, sited in Chile, South Africa, eastern Australia, and Texas. The telescopes are all instrumented with optical imagers, and the 2-meter telescopes also have low-dispersion optical spectrographs.
Programs we are supporting during 2014A semester. Read our proposal policies, find out more about the proposal process.
Accounts: To be able to create proposals and schedule observations you must create an account in our observatory portal.
The telescopes are operated robotically and scheduled dynamically from LCOGT headquarters in Goleta, California. Data are transferred back to our headquarters, where they are pipeline processed and ingested into an archive for inspection and retrieval.
Network time for scientific research is available to LCOGT astronomers and the scientific staff of the members of the LCOGT Science Collaboration. The Science Collaboration includes St. Andrews University (Scotland), the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, the Australian National University, the University of Texas, the South African Astronomical Observatory, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (on behalf of the Chilean astronomical community), the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech, and the University of Colorado. It also includes the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory (Urumqi, China), where LCOGT hopes to deploy future telescopes.
LCOGT also maintains a partnership with the Faulkes Telescope Project of the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust to provide real-time access to the LCOGT Network for educational use.
Researchers at institutions outside of the LCOGT Science Collaboration are invited to use the LCOGT Network by purchasing time.