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ING Annual Report 1995/96
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The Isaac Newton Group of telescopes (ING) consists of the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope (WHT), the 2.5m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) and the 1.0m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope (JKT), and is located 2350m above sea level at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory (ORM) on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands. The WHT is the largest telescope in Western Europe.
The construction, operation, and development of the ING telescopes is the result of a collaboration between the UK, Netherlands and Eire. The site is provided by Spain, and in return Spanish astronomers receive 20 per cent of the observing time on the telescopes. The operation of the site is overseen by an International Scientific Committee, or Comité Científico Internacional (CCI).
A further 75 per cent of the observing time is shared by the UK, Netherlands and Eire. The allocation of telescope time is determined by scientific merit. The remaining 5 per cent is reserved for large scientific projects to promote international collaborations between institutions of the CCI member countries.
The Isaac Newton Group is operated on behalf of the UK's Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) and the Netherlands Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO).
The Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, which is the principal European northern hemisphere observatory, belongs to the Spanish Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), as does the Teide Observatory on Tenerife.
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