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Southern African Large Telescope

(SALT)
(10 meter telescope in South Africa)

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is a 10-meter segmented optical reflector telescope at the Sutherland Observing Station of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in South Africa, in operation since 2005. The primary mirror consists of 91 1-meter segments. The primary mirror is spherical, I'm guessing for much easier construction, and an optical system corrects for the resulting spherical aberration. Instruments:

SALT's overall design was based on the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET), but with some newer technology.


(telescope,reflector,visible light,ground,South Africa)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_African_Large_Telescope
http://www.salt.ac.za/

Referenced by pages:
Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET)
HRS
South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)
segmented mirror

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