The optical system of the ELT showing the location of the mirrors
This diagram shows the novel 5-mirror optical system of ESO's Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). Before reaching the science instruments the light is first reflected from the telescope's giant concave 39-metre segmented primary mirror, it then bounces off two further 4-metre-class mirrors, one convex and one concave. The final two mirrors form a built-in adaptive optics system to allow extremely sharp images to be formed at the final focal plane.
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|Release date:||18 January 2017, 16:00|
|Size:||5000 x 2812 px|
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