Technology and Innovation

MeerLICHT is a custom-built, robotic 0.65-m telescope with a 2.7 square degree field of view and a single 100 megapixel CCD camera. MeerLICHT will receive its pointing information from the MeerKAT radio telescope array, thereby matching the MeerKAT observing schedule in real-time (at night time only).

A full description of MeerLICHT and BlackGEM was presented by the Project Manager, Dr Steven Bloemen, at the 2016 Edinburgh SPIE conference.

  • MeerLICHT and BlackGEM: custom-built telescopes to detect faint optical transients, 2016, Bloemen et al. Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990664 (July 27, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2232522

The paper can be downloaded on the SPIE conference website.