Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Discovery Channel Telescope

I just know that since I showed you the aluminizing chamber of the Discovery Channel Telescope mirror, you were probably saying to yourself: "when is he going to show us the telescope itself?"  I know you were thinking that.  Well, here it is!  This instrument is a behemoth!  If you look carefully under the telescope there is an electronics technician kneeling down which gives a sense of scale.  As I mentioned the other day, inside the structure is a 4.3 meter diameter mirror.  The telescope, by the way is a joint project of Lowell Observatory and The Discovery Channel.  Oh, and guess where the telescope is located?  Right, Happy Jack, Arizona!

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