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Liverpool Telescope (LT)
Hosting Legal Entity
Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Wharf, Twelve Quays House, Birkenhead, PO: CH41 1LD, Merseyside (United Kingdom)
Egerton Wharf, Twelve Quays House, Birkenhead, PO: CH41 1LD, Merseyside (United Kingdom)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
United Kingdom
Current Status:
Operational since 2004
Scientific Description
The Liverpool Telescope (LT) is a fully autonomous 2.0m optical telescope situated on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. It runs completely without human intervention and offers the opportunity for international users to flexibly schedule their observations at any time over the internet via its robotic dynamic-response scheduler. The robotic controller decides for itself what to observe through each night, adapting to object visibility and weather variations. Data is usually reduced and distributed to users the next morning. Thanks to its dynamic scheduling and fully-open enclosure design, it can perform rapid-response override observations of transient time-domain events such as gamma-ray bursts and supernovae.Instruments comprise an optical camera, optical polarimeter, a dual-beam integral-field input spectrograph, and a fast-readout optical camera, and wide-field cameras mounted parallel to the telescope for context and further science. The optical component of a new infrared/optical instrument is online and will take over from the optical camera in the near future. Its IR component is currently in development.The LT is owned and operated by Liverpool John Moores University with financial support from the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.

RI Keywords
GRB, Telescopes, Time-domain, Rapid-response, Optical, Robotics, Supernovae, Autonomous
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Information Science and Technology
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Robotic telescope operations

The LT is fully robotic.

Time-domain Astronomy

The LT specializes in rapid-response time-domain astronomy.

Optical Imager

IO optical camera.

Optical Spectrometer

FRODOspec fibre-fed integral field spectrometer.

Date of last update: 16/03/2017
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