Paranal VST hexapod

A hexapod structure in the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at Paranal. This hexapod helps rotate the secondary mirror in a technique known as "chopping" that improves observational efficacy. The VST is a state-of-the-art 2.6 m telescope equipped with OmegaCAM, a monster 268 megapixel CCD camera with a field of view four times the area of the full Moon. This image was obtained in March 2009.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:paranal-vst-hexapod
Type:Photographic
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:19
Size:3340 x 5009 px

About the Object

Name:VLT Survey Telescope
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Category:Paranal
Survey Telescopes

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