Vertical panorama of the ESO 3.6-metre telescope

This impressive vertical panorama shows the ESO 3.6-metre telescope in great detail. The telescope is located on the 2400 m high La Silla mountain, home of ESO’s first observing site in the southern edges of the Atacama Desert. Equipped with HARPS, the best exoplanet finder in the world, the ESO 3.6-metre telescope was commissioned in 1977 and completely upgraded in 1999. The primary mirror is located below the dark protective cover, and the large black structure above holds the secondary mirror. The white cube on top of the secondary mirror mount contains the computer that controls the secondary mirror.

Credit:

ESO/H. Heyer

About the Image

Id:36vertpan-potw
Type:Photographic
Release date:25 January 2010, 10:03
Size:3408 x 9718 px
Field of View:60° x 140°

About the Object

Name:ESO 3.6-metre telescope, Panorama
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Category:La Silla

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