Las Cumbres Observatory

My old boss Wayne is now helping run a telescope network, the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Fun stuff; a bunch of scopes world wide, fully automated, with somewhat open access policies. Looks like getting time requires you know someone, but a bunch of their data is available online. Here’s an image search form that lets you search by a portion in the sky. And here’s a result for the Ring Nebula.


They look to be up and running pretty seriously; 30+ people on the project, two live scopes with a bunch more on the way, papers being published on supernovas and exoplanets. They’re looking for a Director. I wonder how they’re funded; seems mostly private. They’re a 501(c)(3).