Telescopes

2-meter

Telescope Structure
Mounting Altitude Azimuth (ALT-AZ)
Basic Optics Ritchey-Chretien Cassegrain
Maximum slewing speed 2 degrees per s
Servo settling time less than 5 s
Blind pointing accuracy between 3 to 10 arcsec depending on cassegrain axis position

This class of telescopes was manufactured by Telescope Technologies Ltd (now part of LCOGT) in Birkenhead, UK. Three of this class were made, two of which, Faulkes Telescope North and Faulkes Telescope South, are part of the LCOGT network.

Initial capital and operational funding for the Faulkes Telescopes was provided by The Dill Faulkes Educational Trust.  The Faulkes Telescopes are now operated by Las Cumbres Observatory as a component of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network.

For more information, please view the 2-meter telescope detailed description page.

Instrumentation

1-meter

Telescope Structure
Mounting Equatorial C-ring
Basic Optics Ritchey-Chretien Cassegrain
Maximum slewing speed 6 degrees per s
Tracking accuracy without guiding 0.5" RMS
Blind pointing accuracy between 3 to 10 arcsec depending on cassegrain axis position

Instrumentation

  • Sinistro CCD, Fairchild CCD-486 BI, 4Kx4K, 0.39arcsec pixels, FoV 27x27arcmin (in development),
  • NRES high resolution spectrograph (in development).

For more information, please view the 1-meter telescope detailed description page.

0.4-meter

We have customized a battery 0.4-meter telescopes at our Santa Barbara headquarters. As of March 2017, we have deployed seven of these telescope: 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) will be available for science observations beginning in 2016. The other four telescopes make observations for a program to track earth-orbiting satellites.