Nordic Optical Telescope – University of Copenhagen

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The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) is located on the Canarian Island of La Palma near the summit of the Roque de los Muchachos on the edge of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park 2396 m above sea level. The telescope is a 2.56 m alt-az telescope with a range of available instrumentation covering optical and near-IR wavelengths.

At DARK we mainly use the NOT for target-of-opportunity observations of gamma-ray bursts. The aim is here to detect and possibly secure spectroscopy of the optical afterglows. We have also used the NOT for monitoring programs, e.g., of gravitational lensed quasars with the aim of measuring time delays and hence constrain cosmology and/or dark matter profiles of the lensing foreground galaxies.

Finally, we also use the NOT for summer schools in observational astrophysics (both at the bachelor and PhD levels).