NGTS is a wide-field photometric survey to search for transiting planets of Neptune size or smaller around bright stars (Magnitude V<13).
NGTS employs an array of 12 fully robotic small telescopes, sensitive in the wavelength range between 600 nm and 900 nm. Thereby the maximum sensitivity for bright, but relatively small host stars is achieved (K- and early M spectral type).
DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) contributed eight out of twelve cameras.
NGTS lis sited at the Paranal, the the home of ESO's large telescope, VLT. The site meets the strict requirements for low water vapour and excellent photometric conditions. NGTS can achieved a precision of 1 mmag.
First light reached NGTS on January 15, 20215. Observations including all twelve telescopes startet in April 2016.
In October 2017 the dectection of the first NGTS planet, was published. To date, 18 NGTS planets have been discovered.
The data is available in the ESO achive. The data from the second observation period was published on July 20, 2020.
More information about NGTS on https://ngtransits.org