SAAO has a brand new 1-metre telescope in Sutherland! We began the installation with the manufacturing team from APM Telescopes on Tuesday 2 August and by Friday the telescope had seen First Light. We are busy commissioning and characterising the telescope, whose first generation instrument will be SHOC.
The project is led by Dr. Hannah Worters, an SAAO Astronomer. In addition to the telescope technical efforts, extensive civils work was required to overhaul the telescope dome and pier that used to house a 30-inch telescope. We anticipate that this new 1 metre will be the first SAAO telescope to be regularly operated remotely.
Watch this space for more information!