Since the very first design phases, remote observing has been one of our goals for VATT. This would allow the telescope to be operated by an off-site user, for example, someone in our offices in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.
High above the Southern Arizona desert two white domes peek out of Pinaleno Mountains near Safford. The two domes are observatories, one is run by the Vatican, and the University of Arizona operates the larger telescope.
We are pleased to announce that VATTSpec had its "first light" tonight! While more work remains to be done fine-tuning the alignment and calibrating the instrument, this represents a major milestone in bringing VATTSpec on-line for scientific operation.