Press Release

Paranal - April 1998

30 April 1998

This is another video clip with recent footage from the Paranal Observatory, illustrating the continuing progress of the VLT project. It was obtained in mid-April 1998 by the ESO EPR Video Team and forms part of the video tape ( UT1-FLE-VNR1 ) with selected video material for broadcast use, issued in connection with the VLT First Light Event.

This video clip shows scenes from the Paranal Observatory, obtained on April 10 - 15, 1998.

The video starts with some aerial sequences, obtained from a low-flying helicopter. The Base Camp is seen in front of the Paranal mountain and the enclosures for the individual 8.2-m Unit Telescopes are shown in close-up.

Then follow some scenes from the integration work on Unit Telescope no. 1 (UT1) - see also the photos included in UT1 First Light Event Photos - Second Set, just published on the web. These video clips concern in particular the handling of the large and fragile Zerodur mirror and its supporting cell.

At the end is shown an evening shot with the telescope enclosure profiles against a clear sky.

More information is available at the ESO website about the VLT project. Note also that preparations are now being made for the UT1 First Light Event that will soon occur.

This is the caption to ESO Press Video eso9815.

These sequences may be reproduced, if credit is given to the European Southern Observatory. More extensive extracts from the available video coverage, suitable for transmission and in full professional quality (Betacam, etc.), may be obtained by TV companies upon request; please contact the ESO EPR Department for more details.

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About the Release

Release No.:eso9815
Legacy ID:Video 04/98
Name:Very Large Telescope
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Facility:Very Large Telescope



Paranal - April 1998
Paranal - April 1998