Science Operations

LBTO Science Operations


Welcome to the Science Operations Web Pages for the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO), an international collaboration among institutions in the United States, Italy and Germany. LBT Corporation Members are: The University of Arizona on behalf of the Arizona university system; Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy; LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Germany, representing the Max-Planck Society, the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, and Heidelberg University; The Ohio State University, and The Research Corporation, on behalf of The University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota and University of Virginia.

Large Binocular Telescope – Image complements of Ryan Ketterer

Located on the summit of Mt. Graham, LBTO aspires to be the first of the ELTs and one of the leading 8-m class telescopes. Comprised of privately funded or national institutes and consortiums of universities, the goal of LBTO and its partners is to ensure that its community of users are receiving the highest-quality astronomical data.

On these pages you will find the information needed to prepare for observations or writing proposals and details about the instruments available.

Additional details about the Mt. Graham International Observatory (MGIO) site can be found on the MGIO web pages. Additional technical details about the mechanics and optics of the Large Binocular Telescope can be found on the main LBTO website.


LBTO Science News

Unveiling the population of dual and lensed active galactic nuclei at sub-arcsec separations

Unveiling the population of dual and lensed active galactic nuclei at sub-arcsec separations is an exciting Nature paper featuring the LBT AO system at work. The team describes a new selection method to obtain a sample of dual/lensed active galactic …

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Astronomy in the Near-Infrared: Observing Strategies and Data Publications

As any user in the NIR astronomical community may already recognize, the resources geared towards near infrared observing are few and far between.  The release of Astronomy in the Near-Infrared- Observing Strategies and Data Publications by Dr. Jochen Heidt provides …

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LBTI in Physics Today – Unveiling Exozodiacal Dust

The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, uses its nulling interferometric capabilities to study the brightness of warm dust floating in the orbital planes of other stars (called exozodiacal dust). In particular, the HOSTS survey (The Hunt for Observable Signatures …

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LBTO Instrument News

Restricted LUCI1-AGw1 Guider Patrol Field

We have identified a position-dependent electrical problem in the AGw1 (LUCI1) off-axis guider camera.  It is most likely in the cable between the guider CCD and the controller box.  This cable is inaccessible on the telescope, so until we can …

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PEPSI Blue CD Position Issue

Update 2023-02-10
The blue CD is degrading its operational performance: now it cannot be re-positioned from UMAC at all. It can no longer move down to CD1. It only can traverse between CD2 and CD3 through manual operations. The blue …

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Even-odd bias level instability in the lower right quadrant of MODS1B

There is an intermittent issue affecting the lower right quadrant (Q2) of MODS1B, where the counts in even and odd channels differ by hundreds of ADU (>~450 ADU).  Because of the readout strategy employed: the detector is read out by …

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