The PIRATE Facility is a robotic observatory with a 17 inch telescope in a 4.5m clam-shell dome at the Observatorio del Teide (OT), Tenerife. The Open University owns three facilities in Tenerife - PIRATE, COAST and ART - and these are operated under the umbrella of the OpenScience Observatories.

PIRATE came into existence in 2009 as a pilot project exploring the use of a remotely operable telescope in university-level distance teaching, in collaboration with the then PIRATE host Observatori Astronomic de Mallorca. The successful Mallorca period 2009-2015 saw PIRATE used in real-time by hundreds of Open University undergraduate students and for numerous PhD level research projects.

The suite of PIRATE webpages used during the Mallorca period is accessible via this legacy link.

In summer 2016 PIRATE relocated to Tenerife and is currently in its commissioning phase. A dedicated webpage for the relocated PIRATE is being planned as part of the new OpenScience Observatories webpages which will appear under the telescope.org domain.

COAST is a 14 inch telescope in a 3.5m robotic dome and will take over operations from ART (the Autonomous Robotic Telescope, the former Bradford Robotic Telescope) when this will be decommissioned in 2017.

For project updates and news and views please follow @PirateOU on Twitter and check out telescope.org.

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