The new 4-m robotic telescope

Gutiérrez, C. M.; Arnold, D.; Copley, D.; Copperwheat, C. M.; Harvey, E.; Jermak, H.; Knapen, J. H.; McGrath, A.; Oria, A.; Rebolo, R.; Steele, I. A.; Torres, M. P.
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Astronomische Nachrichten, Volume 340, Issue 40, pp. 40-45

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We present a project to build a 4-m-diameter telescope (New Robotic Telescope [NRT]) with fully robotic operation. The telescope will be sited at the Observatory of Roque de los Muchachos in the island of La Palma (Spain). When it enters into operation in 5 years' time, it will be likely the largest robotic telescope in the world. This, in conjunction with the extremely fast response and the versatile and flexible instrumentation in the optical and near-infrared ranges, will make the NRT a world-leading facility in the area of time-domain astrophysics. Here we discuss some of the main scientific cases, the mechanical and optical design, the control system, first light instrumentation, and the timeline of the project.
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