Operation and Development of the Perek 2-m Telescope
The main task of this group led by Miroslav Šlechta concerns maintenance and upgrading of the Perek 2‑m telescope in Ondřejov. The Ondřejov 2-m telescope is the largest optical instrument for stellar and since recently also for exoplanetary research in the Czech Republic. The telescope is equipped with single order and echelle spectrographs, both placed in the coudé focus. The telescope has been in operation since 1967 and has become a national instrument for astrophysical research.
The group is a team of technicians, mechanicians, electricians and software engineers. It consists of non-scientific technical staff whose primary responsibility is to ensure the telescope functions. The group provides technical support and it maintains and further develops the telescope and its instruments (spectrographs and photometric camera). Members of the group also work as observers during each observational night.