Karoo Road Trip: Sutherland, South Africa (Day 1)

You always only see the finished product, which are the fancy edited photos and videos. I thought Iโ€™d share a bit of the behind-the-scenes of one of our road trips. If you enjoy it, please let me know.

Packing the bakkie
First morning. Packing the last things.
Misty morning
Mist clearing
Beautiful vineyards
Grabbing a coffee in Touws River…
…and something to eat
Couldn’t resist
On the road
Welcome to the Karoo
Enjoying the peace and quiet
Can’t get enough of this
Switching seats
Dad catching up on the latest news
Our home for the night at Sterland camping site
Trees surrounding our campsite
Made a visit to the observatory
S.A.L.T. Telescope

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 KarooSouth 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)

Beautiful Karoo
Old Church
Sutherland Mall…yes it’s adorable
Enjoying a beer…(what are those?)
Sunset colors in the Karoo
Ons gaan nou braai (Getting ready to braai)
Milky way in the Karoo. Have a look here how I did it.

Day 2

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