Global Telescope Network

The global telescope network is continually expanding. We currently have 2 operational telescopes at 2 separate sites and will eventually have continuous coverage of the night sky from multiple locations. There will be 3 main classes of telescope, categorized by the size of the primary mirror: 2-meter, 1-meter and 0.4-meter.


We would like people to engage in interesting and potentially exciting investigations. You could be a school or university student, an amateur astronomer, or just someone with an interest in being involved in science. We think of you all as Citizen Scientists. We are developing more ways for you to be involved in science investigations which will make use of our robotic telescope network. In the meantime our website has lots of resources for you to explore.


Mechanical Engineering
Almost every part of the network is being assembled, if not built, by our mechanical engineers.
Electrical Engineering
To ensure that the network can be operated robotically, every moving part, sensor and instrument has to be wired up to dedicated computers, which is handled by this team.
Software Engineering
Everything from the software drivers of CCD camera, through the automated control software, to the observing interface is handled by this team.


The unique aspect of LCOGT science is having a global network of telescopes at our disposal. The areas of astronomy most interesting to us are those which take full advantage of this sort of network; targets which appear suddenly and without warning like supernovae and gamma-ray bursts; objects which need to be observed for long periods in darkness like exoplanets and binary star systems.  Click here to see our research team.


The term "operations" covers many areas of our organization.


The headquarters of LCOGT are in the USA, in Goleta, California. This is where the majority of the science and engineering team is based. In the future we will have a US based education programme using our network of 0.4m telescopes.


The observatory site on Mt. Haleakala is 10,000 feet above sea level. Here the observing conditions are very good as the telescope is above a lot of the Earth's atmosphere. Currently Faulkes Telescope North (FTN) is the only fully operational LCOGT telescope at this site.


Las Cumbres Observatory has developed a set of more than 20 identical 0.4-meter class telescopes at the Santa Barbara headquarters. These telescopes are based around a modified Meade telescope with a custom equatorial mount, and high specification CCD cameras. This class of telescope is proposed to be deployed at the operating LCOGT observatory nodes around the world and would available for science follow-up, educational programs, and for non-professional astronomers (of all ages) to use. Specific funding opportunities are being explored.

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