Although the primary role of the installation will be NEO detection it can, when time permits, be used, in conjunction with any partners in the project, for observations and data collection for a range of other programmes. Accommodation could be made available in Knighton for observers who could also have access to the in situ link to the Faulkes Telescopes.
The telescope will be also be available for use by schools and educational establishments throughout Wales and the West Midlands. In fact, the location is suitable for UK-wide access. The telescope will provide an immediate and “hands-on” experience of practical astronomy, and introduce students to a vast range of potential learning experiences.
The 24” Schmidt is also an ideal instrument for public and educational observing, and will be used in conjunction with the other telescopes at the Spaceguard Centre for public observing sessions, and for schools. A variety of instruments can be used, including the CCD camera and low-light video.