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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, Kitt Peak National Observatory
- This is the largest solar instrument in the world. It also is the world's largest unobstructed aperture optical telescope, having a diameter of 1.6 meters. All-reflective optics with no windows, lenses or central obscuration.
High-precision solar spectroscopy and polarimetry.
Infrared spectroscopy and imaging (1-20 micrometers).
Planetary and cometary spectroscopy.
Terrestrial atmospheric spectroscopy and monitoring (including ozone and CFCs).
Telescopes (3-mirror heliostat design):
Main - 1.61 meters - f/54
East Auxiliary - 0.91 meters - f/50
West Auxiliary - 0.91 meters - f/44
Kitt Peak National Observatory, Sonora Desert, Arizona, USA, Observatories, Astronomy, Cosmos, Cosmology, Astronomical, Telescopes-and-Radio Dishes, Science, Astro, History, Archives
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- Wernher Krutein