The Crawford Building at The UK ATC

UK Astronomy Technology Centre

About Us

The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh is the national centre for astronomical technology. We design and build instruments for many of the world's major telescopes, and our scientists carry out observational and theoretical research into fundamental questions such as star formation and the evolution of galaxies.

The UK ATC is operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) one of the seven Research Councils along with Innovate UK and Research England that form UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).


UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Royal Observatory
Blackford Hill

0131 668 8100