Thursday, 28 July 2016

Progress Update

A team have visited the Teide Observatory to perform maintenance on the Autonomous Robotic Telescope (ART) and oversee the construction of the new facilities that will form the OpenScience Observatories.


As you will know the ART (formerly BRT) is currently offline. A team have visited the facility in an attempt to fix the issues with the telescope system that needed local input.

The ART is responsive to local commands – both the telescope and dome appear to be in good working order. GalaxyCam and ClusterCam have been tested and the images returned appear to show that both cameras are in good working order.

The team found that ConstellationCam had, unfortunately, become detached from the main telescope assembly. Upon reattached, inclement weather unfortunately prevented a check on the focus.

Now that we know that at least two of the three cameras are in working order and that the movement of the dome and telescope appears to be satisfactory, we are attempting to re-establish the autonomous mode of operation. This will allow observations to restart.

OpenScience Observatories

The Open University is currently constructing new astronomical facilities on Mount Teide Tenerife. Two new domes will house the OUs existing remotely operated telescope, PIRATE, and a new, Completely Autonomous Telescope - COAST. Collectively, these new facilities will form part of the ‘OpenScience Observatories’.

As mentioned in a previous news item, the new COAST facility will operate in a very similar way to the existing ART.
Work on the facilities is progressing well….

Dome under construction

Completed 4.5m dome

Installing the mount

PIRATE First Light - M8

Keeping You Updated

We will keep you updated via this website on progress with our attempts to fix the ART and the construction of the new facilities. 

You can also check out the pirate twitter feed for regular updates and pictures related to the new facilities.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Welcome back!

Welcome back to The website and the telescope have now completed the transfer to the Open University.

If you are a registered user who agreed to have your account transferred, you should find that your archive is as you left it.

If you have any problems with the use of the website or you account then please contact the team.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Featured Object - The Needle Galaxy

Galaxies are often very faint objects. It can be difficult to see the fine detail without very long exposures. Not the case with edge-on galaxies. With the stars of the galaxy in-line, the galaxies appear much brighter (though with less area).

Friday, 23 January 2015

New Request Constructor

The most important part of interacting with the telescope in Tenerife - the request constructor - has just been upgraded. Over one year in development, this latest iteration should be quicker and easier to use, no matter what you are using the telescope to do.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Featured Object - Comet Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), now around its peak brightness of magnitude 5, can actually be seen with the naked eye. But using Cluster Camera gives a far better view.

Monday, 12 January 2015

20 Years of the Bradford Robotic Telescope

Not long ago was the 20th anniversary of the first Bradford Robotic Telescope. Since the 1990s, the University of Bradford has been leading the world in remote astronomy and we're still going strong today. In this post we reveal video clips from 1995 TV, hailing the then new robotic telescope.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Featured Object - The Flame Nebula

The object we'll be looking at this time is the Flame Nebula. This little know nebula is very easy to observe, in terms of its brightness and its size.