The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes from a Historic Perspective
The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) operates three telescopes on the island of La Palma, delivering its service to the international astronomical community for already over two decades. During these years a completely new observatory site had to be developed, representing a huge effort. ING’s success has been the result of strong international collaborations, primarily between the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Spain. The ING has had a rather turbulent history, with various changes in the organization as well as in its scientific direction. And at this point in time the ING again finds itself at an important crossroad where the direction for the future is being defined. This paper describes the historic and scientific context of the ING telescopes, and provides a forward look for the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope (WHT).
KeywordsPrimary Mirror Observatory Site Royal Greenwich Observatory European Southern Observatory Astronomical Community
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