The Liverpool Telescope is a 2.0 metre unmanned fully robotic
telescope at the Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos on the
Canary island of La Palma. It is owned and operated by Liverpool
John Moores University, with financial support from STFC.
SPRAT pipeline upgrade
The LT's SPectrograph for the Rapid Acquisition of Transients (SPRAT) recently got flux calibration added to its Level 2 pipeline. This will prove to be very useful for LT users performing the transient classification work that SPRAT is regularly used for.
LT tracks rare microlensed quasar
In a great illustration of the power of LT's long term monitoring capabilities, the
Gravitational LENses and DArk MAtter (GLENDAMA) team
has been conducting optical monitoring of about ten gravitationally lensed quasars with the LT since 2005. The
light curves of double quasar SDSS J1339+1310 have recently been published (Goicoechea and Shalyapin, 2016)
and show a time delay of 47 days between the source images, and interestingly
also reveal different microlensing along the two light paths. [full story]