View Full Version : Gorgeous pics from new telescope

2008-Mar-16, 04:14 AM
Hopefully we'll see more pics from this telescope anytime soon, it's supposively the equivalent of a 75 foot single telescope but with...binoculars...anyone?

LBT shot (http://thecrystalballblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/large-binocular-telescope-achieves.html)

2008-Mar-16, 04:08 PM
"It uses two massive 8.4-meter (27.6 foot) diameter primary mirrors mounted side-by-side to produce the light gathering power equivalent to an 11.8-meter (39 foot) circular aperture. The mirrors which are lighter in weight than conventional solid-glass mirrors, due to their unique “honeycomb” structure, are now working in tandem and will be capable of operating as a single instrument. Ultimately, the interferometric combination of the light paths of the two primary mirrors will provide a resolution of a 22.8-meter (75 foot) telescope. With its capability, the LBT is the largest single telescope in the world."


2008-Mar-16, 05:13 PM
A more direct path to the goods:

Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) (http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/)

Press release: Large Binocular Telescope Achieves First Binocular Light (http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/firstbinocularlight_press_release.htm)

Some thumbnails:

http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/press/lbt_003_small.jpg (http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/firstbinocularlight_press_release.htm) http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/press/lbt_004_small.jpg (http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/firstbinocularlight_press_release.htm) http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/press/lbt_006_small.jpg (http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/firstbinocularlight_press_release.htm)

APOD image of LBTO (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080216.html)

With moonlight on the horizon, a starry sky and the northern Milky Way provide the background for this dramatic view of the World at Night. The imposing structure in the foreground houses the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), on Mount Graham, Arizona.

Google Maps: LBTO (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&sll=32.701294,-109.889202&sspn=0.001982,0.004002&ie=UTF8&ll=32.701479,-109.889417&spn=0.003963,0.008004&t=h&z=17), aerial view

2008-Mar-16, 07:22 PM
Will it be able to use both scopes in tandem to image solar system objects like the Moon and Mars as an equivalent 75 ft scope?

Bob Clark

Kullat Nunu
2008-Mar-21, 11:47 PM
Don't know about gorgeous yet, but wait when they start using the interferometer mode...