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First Light At SAAO For Third 1-Meter Node Of Global Telescope

The first truly global telescope came a significant step closer to completion this month with the installation and first light on three new 1-meter telescopes at the South Africa Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) near Sutherland, South Africa. A team of five Las Cumbres engineers, technicians, and a postdoc, convened at Sutherland for three weeks during late February and early March to achieve this feat.
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Las Cumbres Observatory achieves first light with NRES spectrograph

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT), a private, nonprofit scientific institution conducting time domain astrophysics and education, and a provider of global telescope resources, achieved first light with their prototype Network of Robotic Echelle Spectrograph (NRES) this week. The event took place earlier in the week at LCOGTs Byrne Observatory located at the UC Santa Barbara Sedgwick Reserve.
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The LMC over LCOGT at SAAO

Night sky of Sutherland with the Large Magellanic Cloud on the left and light pollution from the low pressure sodium lights of Worcester (200km away) on the right. Done with an Olympus Pen E-P3 + Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 with 15 sec exposures (+15s dark) at ISO 1600 from 19:30 till 23:00, shown at 20 fps. Average humidity of 80% and temperature oscillating at 0.2 Celsius. The battery was still going after 350 shots in 3h30, will have to try a longer shoot tomorrow! Look carefully on the left dome at mid-time for quick silhouette



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LCOGT Sees First Light at McDonald Observatory

The first Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) 1-meter telescope - of a planned 16 - saw first light Saturday night, April 1st, at McDonald Observatory in Texas. The milestone comes after seven years of research and design, site acquisition and development, and telescope assembly and testing. The results were superlative.
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In the heart of Goleta sits a nondescript grey building that houses dozens of world-class astronomers, engineers, and machinists toiling away to create the first global collection of large-scale telescopes connected to and managed by a central location. When it's finished - the goal is by 2013 - the group of one-meter telescopes, accompanied by a smattering of smaller units, will dwarf any land-based network of observatories on the planet. It'll be able to see anything in space at any time, without any blind spots or downtime.
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