Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Mons

The Mons reflecting telescope at the Observatorio del Teide in Izaña Tenerife, is 50cm in diameter, was built in 1972 and is operated by the University of Mons, Belgium.

The observatory is part of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, an international research centre in Tenerife and students from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton are here for a week on a research field-trip.

Dr Christian Knigge, Supervisor on the field-trip is shown here demonstrating how to use the telescope - which takes four or five people to operate it - it's a bit of a beast.


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