Liverpool Telescope

Facilities

Astrophysics Research Institute

We own and operate the Liverpool Telescope

We are the only astronomy group in the UK to operate its own major optical telescope.

Sited on La Palma in the Canary Islands, the Liverpool Telescope is the world's largest fully robotic telescope. The remoteness of the island, lack of urban development and restrictions on artificial light pollution makes this one of the best astronomical sites in the world. Our students tell us they really enjoy the field trip to the site. It gives them a chance to see a professional telescope up close and in action.

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Telescope details:

  • A two-metre Cassegrain reflector, with Ritchey-Cretien hyperbolic optics, on an alt-azimuth mount
  • Up to nine different instruments can be mounted at the telescope, including imaging cameras and spectrometers
  • Over the years a wide variety of optical and near-IR imagers, spectrometers, and polarimeters have been mounted on the telescope
  • Autonomous but can be manually controlled

Scientific goals:

  • Rapid robotic reaction to unpredictable phenomena and their systematic follow-up
  • Small scale surveys and source follow-up
  • Monitoring of variable objects on all timescales from seconds to years
  • Simultaneous coordinated observations with other ground and space based facilities


The field trip to the Tenerife Observatory has really enlightened me. Getting to use the Mons telescope is definitely one of the thrills of the course and the stay on site has really shown me how exciting astronomy is.

Leon Baruah, Astrophysics graduate