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The OpenScience Observatories

We operate a collection of telescopes and other instruments at the Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife*. Our facilities compromise the COmpletely Autonomous Service Telescope (COAST), the Physics Innovations Robotic Telescope Explorer (PIRATE) and an associated weather station. At the Open University campus in Milton Keynes we operate a radio telescope - ARROW (A Robotic Radio telescope Over the Web).


  • 17" (43cm) - telescope + CCD camera + broad/narrow band filters.
  • direct remote controlled and autonomous scheduling mode.
  • for teaching and research on variable stars, exoplanet, transits and other transient objects.


  • 14" (36cm) - telescope + CCD camera + broad/narrow-band filters.
  • autonomous scheduling via
  • observing service for specific external cohorts.


  • 3m remotelly controlled radio dish and and receiver.
  • 21cm radio detector (atomic hydrogen spin transition).
  • 24/7 operation for teaching and project work.

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