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LT down for three weeks' maintenance

1000 GMT 16 September 2005

The LT is now offline and being prepared for the scheduled visit from Telescope Technologies Limited (TTL) who built the telescope as its first-off-the-production-line prototype. During the visit the following tasks will be performed:

  • re-aluminising the primary mirror
  • installing enhanced encoders on the secondary mirror focussing mechanism
  • installing additional actuators on the primary mirror
  • testing the cassegrain axis rotator assembly
  • installing the cryotiger pipes into the cassegrain cable wrap
  • fitting the autoguider

This work is expected to take approximately three weeks; we expect to be observing again by the second week of October.