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Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled  
User currently offlineFlySAA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) was officially unveiled yesterday, in Sutherland, a small town 400 km north of Cape Town, South Africa.

SALT is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, with a mirror 11 metres across. Although very similar to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) in Texas, SALT has a redesigned optical system using more of the mirror array. It will be able to record distant stars, galaxies and quasars a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye - as faint as a candle flame at the distance of the moon.

SALT was completed this year, and funded by a consortium of international partners from South Africa, the United States, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

Quoting FlySAA (Thread starter):
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We did all the hard work **Grin**  Wink

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User currently offlineDeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Wow, now that is really big  Smile

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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

Kirkie will probably use it to look at the sun.

Pretty impressive stuff, though. That's one expensive mirror!

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 3):
Kirkie will probably use it to look at the sun.

They won't let him anywhere near that thing  biggrin 

It's pretty impressive though, I had a look at that place a few years ago when SALT was being built, it was huge...I can only imagine how massive the finished telescope must look.

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User currently offlinePITA333 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Almost as cool as the largest radio telescope in Puerto Rico!

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
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The way things are in this country I'm surprised they didn't call it the Nelson Mandela Telescope, almost everything else is named after him!

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User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

For anyone in the know what is the viewing actually like in South Africa? A recent study from my University said that Antarctica was the best place in the world to view and we were trying to get funding for a larger mirror there that would exceed Hubble


Sorry to try and steal the South African thunder, since the Australian national rugby team can't seem to win anything maybe we can win the my mirror is better than your mirror contest!  Wink

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