The observatory is continuously upgraded and improved. This is particularly important for the James Gregory Telescope which needs to be adapted for new areas of research and new technological developments. We have just finished a series of upgrades to the JGT, culminating in the inauguration of a new modern and accessible control room on the ground floor of the building.

If you are interested in supporting the observatory by offering donations or expertise or by doing a student project, please get in touch. Here are some of the plans we are hoping to implement  in the future:

  • a new camera for the JGT, installed in its prime focus, with 4 times larger field of view, increased sensitivity and better image quality
  • a new on-chip guiding software for the JGT, which would allow us more precise tracking of the stars and better photometric precision
  • renewal and upgrade of the JGT optics, including a new corrector plate, for distortion-free wide-field imaging
  • an aurora all-sky camera for the observatory
  • a refurbishment of the Napier building, its domes and the classroom
  • turning our 16″ Schmidt-Cassegrain into a research-grade telescope for student projects and deep-sky imaging
  • an observatory fellowship scheme
  • a refurbishment of the Twin dome, to install historic telescopes and an exhibition