Liverpool Telescope

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.

Access the website for science users of the telescope.

Telescope details

  • A two-metre Cassegrain reflector, with Ritchey-Chretien 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