SALT in the news

I have just had chance to read an article on SALT/SAAO from last week's Life section in the Guardian. I visited SAAO in Sutherland last September and got to see SALT for myself. It is a big project and hopefully will benefit the local area like the article says. SALT is based on the Hobbey-Ebberly 10m telescope in Texas but with a redesigned optics system. Lessons learned from these telescopes will no doubt be useful for the proposed Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL - still looking for a nest) which would be 100m in diameter. It is difficult to image an optical telescope that is bigger than the Lovell telescope!

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 13th Feb 2004 (17:45 UTC) | Permalink
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