Liverpool Telescope offline for routine maintenance : 8th - 15th November

The Liverpool Telescope enclosure

The Liverpool Telescope (LT) will be offline for routine maintenance from the 8th to 15th November inclusive. One of the many tasks will be to install the main optical components for the new camera that should be available to NSO users early in the new year. The advanced IO device will boast a larger CCD detector that can image four times as much of the night sky than the current RATCam detector. This means that users will soon, if all goes well, be able to observe a new set of larger and closer targets. Another task will be to inspect and service the many gearboxes and bearings that allow the telescope to point towards different parts of the night sky.

Unfortunately, the maintenance means that the LT will be offline for around 7 days in total. During this time, NSO users, and indeed professional astronomers, will be unable to get any observations done. That said, you can still use Go Observing to request observations, and these will be taken once the LT is back up and running.

If you are needing images in the meantime, however, you could always look at the many thousands of observations in the LT archive, or even investigate one of the Images of the Month.

Why not keep an eye on the progress of the LT engineers using the live webcam.