AAS 196th Meeting, June 2000
Session 19. Scientific Results from Automated Telescopes
Special Session Oral, Monday, June 5, 2000, 2:00-3:30pm, Highland C/H

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[19.04] The Liverpool 2m Robotic Telescope

M. Bode, D. Carter, I.A. Steele, M.W. Simcoe (Liverpool JMU)

The Liverpool Telescope (LT) is undergoing the final stages of assembly and test before becoming operational on La Palma (Canaries) at the end of this year. A state-of-the-art 2m telescope, it is one of 3 currently being built at JMU, incorporating design features from 4 and 8m-class telescopes, but designed from the outset to operate very reliably and fully automatically. Its optical quality takes full advantage of the excellent seeing on the site. The LT has a fully opening enclosure, which minimises local thermal effects and the time taken to slew to new targets. Instruments include a CCD camera and spectrograph.

The LT's primary science drivers involve rapid reaction to targets of opportunity (e.g. novae, supernovae, GRB's, long-period comets); systematic monitoring of variable sources (including the above, plus LPV's, AGN, gravitational lenses etc.); simultaneous observations with other facilities (both on the ground and in space), and time-critical observations (e.g. of particular binary phases). Although most of the LT's time is set aside for research as a UK national facility, time is also available for schools and planetaria, through the UK National Schools Observatory programme.

The Liverpool Telescope is funded via EU, PPARC and JMU grants.

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