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The Liverpool Telescope: performance and first results
Author(s): Iain A. Steele; Robert J. Smith; Paul C. Rees; Ian P. Baker; S. D. Bates; Michael F. Bode; Mark K. Bowman; Dave Carter; Jason Etherton; Martyn J. Ford; Stephen N. Fraser; A. Gomboc; Robert D. J. Lett; Anthony G. Mansfield; Jonathon M.-H. Marchant; Gustavo A. Medrano-Cerda; Christopher J. Mottram; D. Raback; A. B. Scott; M. D. Tomlinson; R. Zamanov
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Paper Abstract

The Liverpool Telescope is a 2.0 metre robotic telescope that is operating unattended at the Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos, Spain. This paper gives an overview of the design and implementation of the telescope and its instrumentation and presents a snapshot of the current performance during the commissioning process. Science observations are under way, and we give brief highlights from a number of programmes that have been enabled by the robotic nature of the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551456
Show Author Affiliations
Iain A. Steele, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Robert J. Smith, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Paul C. Rees, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Ian P. Baker, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
S. D. Bates, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Michael F. Bode, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Mark K. Bowman, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Dave Carter, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jason Etherton, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Martyn J. Ford, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Stephen N. Fraser, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Gomboc, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Robert D. J. Lett, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Anthony G. Mansfield, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Jonathon M.-H. Marchant, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gustavo A. Medrano-Cerda, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Christopher J. Mottram, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. Raback, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. B. Scott, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
M. D. Tomlinson, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
R. Zamanov, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5489:
Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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