Las Cumbres Observatory has developed a set of identical 0.4-meter (diameter) telescopes at its Santa Barbara headquarters. These telescopes are wholly modified Meade telescopes with custom equatorial mounts and high-quality CCD cameras. Seven of these telescope have been deployed to LCO observatory nodes: two to Siding Spring Observatory in Australia, two to Teide Observatory on Tenerife, one to Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile, and two to Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii. Three of these telescopes (in Australia, Tenerife, and Hawaii) are available for science observations. These telescopes are also available for education programs to use. The other four telescopes make observations for a program to track earth-orbiting satellites.

The 0m4 telescopes are  supported on a C-ring equatorial mount, with all hardware including focus and collimation supplied by LCO. The science instruments on the telescopes are SBIG STX6303 cameras with the following specifications:

  • Mounted at the Cassegrain focus;
  • CCDs with 2K × 3K pixels, each 0.57 arcseconds square, for a total Field of View (FoV) of 19 × 29 arcminutes;
  • Default 2x2 binning mode;
  • Readout times < 6 seconds;
  • Single 14-position filter wheel containing Sloan ugriz primed, Johnson/Cousins V & B, and Pan-STARRS w filters.

All 0m4 mounts have the same hardware drive and software control mechanisms with our 1m telescopes.