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ART Staff Blog Feed

Ed

November Progress Update

posted by Ed on 30 November 2016

After last months brief period of observations we are sorry to report that the ART is still unable to perform autonomous observations due to continuing hardware faults.
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Ed

PIRATE data contributes to Gaia follow up

posted by Ed on 1 November 2016

This week's Gaia image of the week is a graph of a microlensing event, which many observatories around the world have been helping to follow up. Included among these is our newly commissioned PIRATE telescope, seen credited at the bottom.

http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia/IoW_20161027

Ed

October Progress Update

posted by Ed on 13 October 2016

Recently, after a successful service trip to Tenerife, some users with outstanding jobs in the ART queue had images returned. Over the nights of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October approximately 300 images were taken autonomously.
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Ed

September Progress Update

posted by Ed on 12 September 2016

Work continues on trying to re-establish observations with the Autonomous Robotic Telescope (ART). On the night of Thursday 8th September a test run was carried out and a number of jobs were completed with Galaxy Cam. The images returned appeared to be of good quality, however further work is required on the alignment system of the telescope.

We hope to establish a fuller service soon and a service visit is scheduled for the end of September to aid in this effort.
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Ed

August Progress Update

posted by Ed on 28 July 2016

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.
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Ed

Welcome back!

posted by Ed on 21 June 2016

Welcome back to telescope.org. 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 telescope.org team.
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Ed

Featured Object - The Needle Galaxy

posted by Ed on 9 April 2015

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).


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Ed

New Request Constructor

posted by Ed on 23 January 2015

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.
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Ed

Featured Object - Comet Lovejoy

posted by Ed on 13 January 2015

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.


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Ed

20 Years of the Bradford Robotic Telescope

posted by Ed on 12 January 2015

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.

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