You always only see the finished product, which are the fancy edited photos and videos. I thought I’d share a bit of the behind-the-scenes of one of our road trips. If you enjoy it, please let me know.
SALT is located on a hilltop 1837 m above sea level in a nature reserve in the Hantam, Karroo 370 km north-east of Cape Town, near the small town of Sutherland.
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is a 10-metre class optical telescope designed mainly for spectroscopy. It consists of 91 hexagonal mirror segments each with a 1-metre inscribed diameter, resulting in a total hexagonal mirror of 11.1 by 9.8 m. It is located close to the town of Sutherland in the semi-desert region of the Karoo, South Africa. It is a facility of the South African Astronomical Observatory, the national optical observatory of South Africa.
SALT is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. It enables imaging, spectroscopic, and polarimetric analysis of the radiation from astronomical objects out of reach of northern hemisphere telescopes.
It is closely based on the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory, with some changes in its design, especially to the spherical aberration corrector. The main driver for these changes were desired improvements to the telescope’s field of view. It shares the same fixed mirror altitude design, which limits access to 70% of the visible sky. (Wikipedia)
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