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UK astronomers lament telescope phase-outs

British astronomers are incensed after the UK Science & Technology Facilities Council on 30 May revealed plans to phase out operations of two telescopes in Hawaii. It would cease support for the 3.8-metre United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT) in September 2013, while the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), a 15-metre sub-millimetre telescope, would get support until September 2014. 

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