Southern African Large Telescope

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A reflector at the South African Astronomical Observatory, opened in 2005, with a hexagonal mirror 11.1 × 9.8 m in diameter, made of 91 hexagonal segments; the maximum effective aperture is 9.8 m. It is a modified version of the Hobby–Eberly Telescope. SALT has a fixed elevation angle of 37° from the vertical and can rotate only about its azimuth axis. SALT is a joint project of South Africa, Germany, India, New Zealand, Poland, the UK, and the USA.

http://www.salt.ac.za/ Official telescope website.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics — African Studies.

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