Gravitation-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) telescopehttps://www.universetoday.com/149312/the-kilonova-chasing-gravitational-wave-optical-transient-observer-is-about-to-be-watching-the-whole-sky/https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/astro/research/goto/
We have deployed the first phase of GOTO, funded via a Major Initiative of the Monash-Warwick Alliance as well as contributions from Armagh Observatory, Sheffield, Leicester and Thailand's NARIT. Our first phase consists of 4x40cm telescopes, adding up to a field of view of ~20 square degrees, located at La Palma Observatory. The design is scalable and we intend to expand the prototype into a larger array with a correspondingly large instantaneous field of view. First by adding four more telescopes inside the existing dome, followed by a 2nd identical set of 8 next to it inthe 2nd dome. This will allow us to quickly search the large error-boxes that are expected in the initial years of A-LIGO/VIRGO and also patrol the visible sky regularly. The project has signed an MOU with the Ligo-Virgo collaboration as part of the GW-EM follow-up program. In addition to the GW-EM effort, the project will offer a broad range of time-domain science opportunities.