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 Offline)

LUCI2 Removed for repairs
LUCI2 was removed from the telescope for repairs on May7th. The repairs will take place in teh lab over the next week with an expected reinstall date of May22 and return the instrument for science …

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LUCI1 offline – FM4 motor not moving – Resolved

Resolved: LUCI1 Offline – Failure of FM4 motor
LUCI1 is again available for science observations.  Some additional exercising of the fold mirror tilt mechanism appears to have freed up motion.  We don’t see any dropped steps in either direction now. …

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DX AO in Cold Conditions

DX in Cold Weather – Update (Jan 6 2024)
The failure is linked to the cooling temperature at the adaptive secondary.  The cooling setpoint was slightly adjusted to provide additional leeway while maintaining the safety of the adsec and neighboring …

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