Speaker -Dr. Alan Cayless
Smith Museum Lecture Theatre 7.30
Topic : The Open University remotely operated Telescopes on Tenerife
Dr.Cayless is a member of the Stirling Astronomical Society, and was a former President. He is currently employed by the Open University with a remit as lecturer and also with special responsibility for the University's telescopes.
The Open University has recently commissioned two remotely-operated telescopes at the Observatorio del Teide in Tenerife - a 14 inch Cassegrain and a 17-inch Dall-Kirkham. Both are used by Open University students and researchers on projects such as measuring the ages and distances of star clusters and monitoring transiting exoplanets. The telescopes will also be available for use in projects in conjunction with local schools. The talk will describe the telescopes, their operation and instrumentation and also detail the varied observing projects being carried out.