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 partners 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

Instrument Status Post SSD 2022

LBC’s: Released for Science

TMS: Released in shared risk

LUCI’s: Released for Science

SX AO: Diffraction limited and ESM in all modes are released in shared risk.

MODS: Released for Science

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PEPSI Blue CD Position Issue

The position of the PEPSI Blue Cross Disperser is unreliable and it is recommended to take calibrations before changing configurations.  This can mean significant downtime, ~ 25 min per blue configuration change if needed.  We recommend setting up such that …

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New Obs Computer Structure

We have recently made some changes to our observing workstations, retiring several stations and renaming others. The old 32-bit mountain workstations obs2 and obs3 have been retired, and obs4 has been renamed obs-32bit. The former 64-bit machines, obs5 and obs6 …

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