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

Public Data Policy Expanded

Beginning February 1st 2024, all science data in the archive will be publicly available after the proprietary period for that data has ended. Therefore, all partner data acquired after February 1st 2024 with the 12 month default proprietary period will …

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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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LBTO Instrument News

LUCI2: Displaced G200 Spectra (LUCI2 G200 available)

LUCI2 G200 Available – problem understood!  (June 28, 2024)
The G200 tilt issue is now understood.  The “in position” switches turn on just before the grating wheel engages the detent.  With a few dropped steps this can leave the grating …

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DX Adsec to be removed

DX Adsec Removed – June 12, 2024
DX Adsec will be removed before SSD24 to address a potential issues with a board in crate3. The rigid secondary will be installed for the remainder of the semester. The unit has maintenance …

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DX LUCI2 DL and ESM unavailable

DX LUCI2 AO and ESM unavailable (June 3, 2024)
A detached mirror in the pyramid modulator of the LUCI2 WFS was discovered.  LUCI 2 full AO and ESM will remain unavailable until a repair can be made.  This repair will …

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