Preparations for VLT UT1 First Light

Final preparations being carried out in the week before the VLT UT1 First Light. Following successful optical alignment tests, the 8.2-m primary mirror was removed from the first Unit Telescope (UT1). This image shows the mirror being moved into the Mirror Maintenance Building (MMB) to be coated with a thin, highly reflective aluminium layer. The transport moves between the telescope enclosures - nos. 1, 2 and 3 to the right, and no. 4 to the left. (Photo obtained on May 17, 1998).

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Id:eso9818c
Type:Photographic
Release date:19 May 1998
Related releases:eso9818
Size:1024 x 768 px

About the Object

Name:Mirror, Very Large Telescope
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
• X - Paranal

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