15 Oct 2012
PIRATE contributes to discovery of WASP-54b and WASP-56b, see preprint.
5 Oct 2012
Link to Image Gallery added to Status tab.
Seasonal image of M27
by Shripathi Hadigal and Richard Busuttil. See also International Space University news item.
PIRATE supernova find mentioned in July issue of Astronomy magazine:
Dark energy's new face.
PIRATE discovers possible nova in M31. See note in ATel.
Queen legend Brian May visits PIRATE at AstroFest.
See Science news item.
11 Jan 2012
PIRATE supernova find makes waves. See OU press release.
PIRATE impresses at PTST inauguration. See full story here.
PIRATE concept paper appeared in this month's BAA journal.
PIRATE captures pinwheel moments before explosion.
See full news item.
PIRATE commissioning paper accepted
for publication in PASP. See preprint on astro-ph.
First light with new main camera.
PIRATE boasts a new SBIG STX-16803 camera with 4kx4k 9 microns pixels. The first light image of the moon image demonstrates the large field of view.
15 June 2011
2011 campaign of OU module â€œAstrophysicsâ€ draws to a close, after 32 out of 42 observing nights were useable for differential photometry; 20 nights delivered long, good-quality time series of periodic variable stars.
4 April 2011
PIRATE web pages updated
to reflect current status of PIRATE Mark 2. Also cloud sensor chart added to S382 tab.
1 April 2011
PIRATE's big brother dome arrives
Hamburg University's PTST 4.5 dome takes pride of place on OAM west tower - to the left on OAM webcam.
PIRATE Mark 2 now four months in operation
In August 2010 PIRATE's optical tube assembly was upgraded to a 17 inch Planewave CDK17. PIRATE Mark 2 delivers high-quality data.
Partnership signed in Palma de Mallorca
Read full press release.
New website design by Stefan Holmes.
26 June 2010
PIRATE discovers nova in M31.
See The Astronomer's Telegram.
Successful start of S382. Twentyfive students are using PIRATE in turn for time-series photometry of periodic variable stars.
October 2009 -
PIRATE featured at MK Science Festival's MoonDay.
PIRATE website updated to reflect the new Baader Planetarium All-Sky
3.5 m dome.
Experimental new web page design. Several links and diagnostics are still off-line after a recent lightning strike at the OAM. Software installation continues.
Presentation on PIRATE at the GIREP-EPEC 2009 conference. See the new Publciations tab.
PIRATE is in its new dome! See the webcam views (Home tab). Software installation continues.
July 2009 -
PIRATE to move into a new dome! PIRATE will move into a new 3.5 m All-Sky clamshell dome by Baader Planetarium. Preparations are in full swing.
Main OAM dome is being dismantled.
New foundation, ready to take new dome.
June 2, 2009 -
Live demonstration of PIRATE to the Astronomy Club.
May 5, 2009 -
PIRATE measures transit of exoplanet.
XO-1 lightcurve 28/3/2009 (Holmes)
Click here for the full news item on the departmental webpage.
March 31, 2009 -
PIRATE featured in a lecture on Robotic Telescopes by Ulrich Kolb in Rickmansworth for the South West Herts Astronomical Society. The connection to the weather sensors was lost about one hour before the talk, and a rain storm approaching from the south looked perilously close on the satellite images. Luckily, a slightly out-of-focus image of M51 could be taken live, to the delight of the audience.
August 2, 2008 -
remote operation and commissioning underway
M57 (Burwitz & Kolb)
July 22, 2008 -
new PIRATE webpage design
May 2, 2008 - OU -
OU news item