As part of Twitter Moonwatch we are teaming up with the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope network (LCOGT) and the Faulkes Telescope Network to give you the chance to win observing time on a professional-grade telescope!
The 2m Faulkes Telescope South, situated in New South Wales, Australia, can be controlled remotely over the internet via a user-friendly interface, so all you need to take part is a PC with an internet connection!
We have four blocks of 1 hour each to give away between 0930 and 1830 GMT on Tuesday 27 October 2009 (observing time is normally only available to UK schools).
To win this amazing prize just send us a tweet to @astronomy2009uk and include in your tweet what object* you'd most like to image and why. Include the hashtags #moonwatch and #lcogt.
The competition is open until noon on Friday 23 October 2009, and winners will be announced that afternoon. If you are a winner you will be set up with an account on the Faulkes Telescope South, and from there you can select what observing time suits you best. This competition is only open to residents of the UK. Once the winners are announced they will be contacted and given access to the training guide for using the Faulkes Telescope. You will have to spend some time before the observing session familiarising yourself with how to operate the telescopes!
*please note that, because the telescope you'll be controlling is BIG, you are unable to image very bright objects such as the Moon, planets and bright stars. Your imaging list will need to be limited to nebulae, galaxies, clusters etc