A 360 degree panorama taken in 2007 inside the 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope (NTT), at ESO's La Silla Observatory. As the preparation for the night-time observation run is about to finalise, the telescope is open, just before sunset. Although it is not obvious in this photograph due to the distortion of the wide-angle view, the NTT is housed in a very compact building, thanks to its altazimuth mounting and innovative design. Inaugurated in 1989, the NTT was also the first telescope in the world to have a computer-controlled main mirror. In terms of design, the NTT was the pioneer for ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT).
An amazing interactive virtual tour of La Silla is available here.
About the Image
|Release date:||13 January 2011, 11:53|
|Size:||11632 x 4387 px|
|Field of View:||360° x 135.8°|
About the Object
|Name:||New Technology Telescope, Panorama|
|Type:||Local Universe : Technology : Observatory|