The GOTO telescopes
The telescopes are deployed in phases, and the project is set up such that it can scale easily.
Initial Phase - current
The first phase is operating at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, on the island of La Palma.
Four 40 cm f/2.5 unit telescopes on a single mount fitted with 50M pixel detectors were deployed in June 2017 . This delivers approximately a five square degree field of view per telescope, with a pixel scale of 1.25 arcsec. A wide optical passband L filter is used allowing to reach a depth of 20 - 21 magnitudes with sets of 3x120s exposures (depth is largely dependent on sky brightness/the Moon phase). During currently ongoing commissioning stage sky monitoring of selected regions of sky is also performed through set of R, G, B Baader filters.
The telescope will be scaled up in summer 2018 filling up the mount in the first dome with 8 telescopes to cover a total 40 square degree field of view.
A third phase foresees a further set of telescopes in a second dome, which has already been erected on the same platform.
Fourth phase and beyond
When additional funds are secured construction of the Southern node is planned in Australia.