S.A.L.T

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is a ~10 metre (~33 feet) diameter optical telescope, located 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 will enable imaging, spectroscopic, and polarimetric analysis of the radiation from astronomical objects out of reach of northern hemisphere telescopes. It was originally planned to be a copy of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory, but while adapting the construction plans, significant changes were introduced to its design, especially to the spherical aberration corrector. The main driver for these changes were desired improvements to the telescope's field of view.

 

First light with the full mirror was declared on 1 September 2005 with 1 arc second resolution images of globular cluster 47 Tucanae, open cluster NGC 6152, spiral galaxy NGC 6744, and the Lagoon Nebula being obtained. The official opening by President Thabo Mbeki took place during the inauguration ceremony on 10 November 2005.

 

South Africa contributed about a third of the total of $36 million USD that will finance SALT for its first 10 years ($20 million for the construction of the telescope, $6 million for instruments, $10 million for operations). The rest was contributed by the other partners - Germany, Poland, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

 

If you look to the right top of the photo you will see the moon and a contrail of a plane.

  • Earth Artist 7y

    Wow...this is a fantastic photo of SALT. I would really love to visit this place oneday.


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    FAN - tas - TIC !!!!!! :))))))
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    Great shot and very interesting information on the site as well!

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  • ruslou koorts 7y

    Marvelous photo and interesting info. Thanks for sharing Sandra
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    Interesying. Nice shot
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  • troy.baxter 7y

    I totally agree with James ...this is such a great photo of our SALT telescope. I looked at Wikipedia and your photo is by far better than theirs. Thank you for the information

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  • Photolistic 7y

    Aw...this is marvelous ....I would have loved to have come with on this road-trip. I have yet to visit this telescope. Maybe next time I am in the area

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    A stunning beauty and wonderfully presented.congrats
  • Ian Junor 7y

    Another great shot. Geez Sandra, you sure get around, don't you!

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  • ana_lee_smith PRO 7y

    Looks like that little robot out of Star Wars!!! Can't remember its name. An impressive structure & great info on SALT. Great shot, girlfriend.

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  • FullofFaith 7y

    Stunning and the light on the building is amazing. I love how you have included the moon,
  • Pix Elate 7y

    Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments and encouragement. It is truly appreciated.
    Ana : LMAO ....yeah from a distance it was a bit like I was in star wars with all the telescopes dotted around the countryside. SALT was the largest though ...:)
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    Fantastic!!

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    It reminds me of R2D2 too (it's the correct name, Ana : C3PO, it's the other robot, the golden one).
    Anyway, it's a beautiful shot !

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  • Leoa's  Photography 7y

    You captured SALT beautifully!!! Very well composed :-)

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