Ground-breaking rapid follow-up with a 4-metre successor to the Liverpool Telescope

  • 4-metre diameter primary mirror.
  • Rapid slewing to targets within 30 seconds of receipt of trigger.
  • To be located on La Palma, Canary Islands.

The New Robotic Telescope (NRT) is a Liverpool John Moores University project in collaboration with the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and the University of Oviedo.

Following the on-going success of the 2-metre fully autonomous and robotic Liverpool Telescope (LT), the NRT will be a 4-metre facility, co-located with the LT on La Palma, designed for rapid-response, time-domain astronomy. The project is currently in the design phase, with an on-sky target date of 2024. A combination of light-weight mirror technology and advanced material science will allow the NRT to slew to any part of the sky and be observing a target within 30 seconds.

image-center Image credit Jon Marchant, NSO, Goran Nilsson and Wim van Berlo

The Liverpool Telescope is available for all to use through a variety of different routes (see the LT website for more details), this model will also be adopted by the NRT (with different time splits depending on project collaborators). The NRT team are looking for partners/contributors to the project, if you are interested in getting involved please contact our project team directly, or alternatively send us an email using the form below and we’ll get back to you.