Yesterday, we had a chance to see the telescope in all of its glory. And it is HUGE!
It really makes you appreciate the amount of equipment you need to directly image these faint extrasolar planets that are orbiting other stars. Andrew, the telescope operator, then pointed the telescope down so that we could get some nice photographs with the 8-meter mirror. Here’s my telescope selfie:
The 8 meter mirror is so big it’s hard to fit into one single shot. This was the best I could do. Although some others are a bit more serious about their photography…
Before the sun fully set, I ran outside to grab this image of the telescope dome open.
Now back to observing!