Astronomer Information

Please read this document carefully as it contains important information pertaining your visit to LCO.

The Magellan Telescopes are operated in a 100% "classical" mode where the visiting astronomer is physically present and responsible for data acquisition. The operations staff is not designed to provide significant support to visiting astronomers at night, so it is expected that observers will be experienced and self-sufficient. The following guidelines must therefore be strictly adhered to.

Visitors are responsible for charges incurred during their stay at LCO. Values for charges are updated on a yearly basis.

When planning your visit, please consider our weekly transportation schedule between La Serena and LCO.

Environmental information includes weather forecast, LCO observing conditions, synoptic charts, satellite photos and more.

Check the LCO ephemeris to program your observations.

These instructions are meant for your personal safety, as well as for the care of observatory equipment and installations. Please read, follow, and make others follow these instructions.