The new GOTO telescope

The first GOTO dome at Roque de Los Muchachos observatory on La Palma.
July 3, 2017

Today the GOTO telescope was inaugurated on La Palma. It’s a smallish telescope to try to find the where gravitational waves come from. That is, there are three gravitational wave detectors called LIGO Hanson (in Washington State, USA), LIGO Livingston (in Louisiana, USA) and VIRGO (in Italy) which are about 3,000 km apart, and a third one nearing completion elsewhere. Between them, they can detect gravitational waves and get a…


Update on the Large Size Telescope

Large Size Telescope site on 03/01/17, Roque de Los Muchachos, Garafia ,La Palma,. The bases for the maintenance tower and the telecope itself seem to be almost complete.
January 4, 2017

This is how the Large Size Telescope site looked yesterday. The big circular base for the telescope seems to be almost complete, as does the square base for the tower. The telescopes either side of the LST site and a little in front of it are the two MAGIC telescopes, which are similar to the way the finished LST will look. You can read more about the MAGIC and why…


More on the Large Size Telescope foundations

A digger working on the LST foundations, seen through MAGIC II, Roque de Los Muchachos, Garafia, La Palma island
August 24, 2016

Well now they’ve got 1 digger, 1 bulldozer, and 1 dumper truck levelling out the site. Now that the site is earth rather than cut bushes, it’s clearly visible from higher up. And of course it’s very noticeable from the helipad nearest to the MAGIC.  


Foundations for the Large Sized Telescope

Digging foundations for the Large Size Telescope, Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma
August 17, 2016

  The digger’s started wotk on the foundations for the Large Size Telescope I gather the plan is to dig down 3 m, which is less than I’d thought for such a big structure. But the the MAGIC telescope is very light for its size, so perhaps the LST will be too. Cross posted to


Work starts on the Large Size Telescope

July 29, 2016

The plaque from the first stone ceremony Work has finally started on the Large Size Telescope. The first stone ceremony was held on October 9th. This week the bushes have been cut down ready for the bulldozers to move in. Like the MAGIC, the LST will be a huge Cherenkov telescope (looking for gamma rays from space) with a mirror 23m across. The larger mirror will enable it to see fainter…