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We have a close relationship with our education partners. We provide them with observing time on our 2-meter telescopes and provide telesope operations support while they are using the telescopes. Currently unless you are a professional astronomer who has been granted observing credit by our TAC (Time Allocation Committee), the only way for you to have direct access to these telescopes is join an education partner. All astronomical images taken by these partners are non-proprietary and available for use by anyone through our observations archive. Anyone can use any of these images as soon as they have been observed. In the very near future we will also be making smaller telescopes (0.4-meter and 1-meter) available.
2-meter observing time (per year):1474 hours (678 - Faulkes Telescope North, 796 - Faulkes Telescope South)
Mode of operation:Real-time control
The Faulkes Telescope Project provides observing support, educational resources and training programmes at a UK and international (primarily European) level. The FT education programme is based on engaging learners with research science programmes, ranging from the solar system to distant galaxy clusters. If you are a teacher in UK or Ireland, contact FT project for details of whether you are eligible and how to join their program.
FTP is supported by LCOGT (who provide access to the telescope network for educational projects), and by the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust who founded the project and provided financial support to construct our 2-meter telescopes (Faulkes Telescope North and Faulkes Telescope South). The Faulkes Telescope Project is based at University of Glamorgan where the team teaches their BSc in Astronomy.
2-meter observing time (per year):884 hours (Faulkes Telescope North)
Mode of operation:Real-time control, off-line queue
Part of the University of Hawaii, the Institute for Astronomy has many different outreach activities supporting school students, amateur astronomers and other residents of the Hawaiian islands. The observing time provided to them is for use by amateur astronomy groups and science projects for school students based in the Hawai'ian islands. If you would like to be included in the programs they run, please contact Dr. J.D. Armstrong.
We also have relationships with other organizations who we collaborate with and provide support for (and which mostly do not involve direct access to 2-meter telescopes). These are organizations we have worked on joint projects in the past, for example providing small amounts of astronomical data on our development telescopes, providing images and data from our public archive, providing astronomy support to general public. Our current education affiliates include: