Annie Hjelstrom of LCOGT, the project engineer responsible for the successful installation, commented: "We had a great installation team, SAAO and SALT staff were very helpful, but this is also the culmination of eight years of design and development.
To date LCOGT has installed four other identical 1-metre telescopes around the globe: an operational prototype at the McDonald Observatory, Texas, US (April 2012) and three science-grade telescopes at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), Chile (October 2012).
Edward Gomez, Education and Outreach Director of LCOGT
, wrote that Fulton "kept the integrity of a first-light image by not touching up the images in any way.
The astronomical data are freely accessible on the LCOGT
Robotic telescopes at LCOGT
then allow immediate follow-up observations.
SAAO Director, Prof Phil Charles visited LCOGT late last year to finalise the last details of the agreement between these two parties.
LCOGT headquarters is in a double-story building which contains their offices and also some very well equipped workshops, laboratories and clean rooms where the telescopes and cameras as well as their supporting equipment like the enclosures, dome control gear, etc.
These tubes are then fitted with in-house developed mechanisms and electronics and mounted on a LCOGT designed horseshoe equatorial drive to produce the final telescopes for deployment in the field.
The SBIG factory happens to be one block away from LCOGT headquarters.