eso9716 — Organisation Release

New Views of the Paranal Observatory

17 July 1997

The following seven photos are part of an extensive series that was obtained in mid-June 1997. The first three are aerial views which demonstrate the good progress of the extensive work at the top of the mountain where the four large enclosures for the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes, the interferometric tunnel system and the control building are now steadily approaching completion.

It may also be interesting to compare these images with those obtained about 6 months earlier, . There is also an evening view.

The series furthermore includes two photos from inside the enclosures for Unit Telescopes 1 and 2, showing some of the heavy mechanical parts of the telescope structures in place. 'First light' with UT1 is now only months away.

Finally, there is a general view of the Paranal site, with the construction areas of the various auxiliary facilities, in particular the large maintenance building, and the basecamp in the foreground.

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About the Release

Release No.:eso9716
Legacy ID:Photo 18a-g/97
Name:Cerro Paranal, Paranal, Very Large Telescope, VLT Unit Telescopes
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Facility
• X - Paranal

Images

Aerial View of Paranal Observatory
Aerial View of Paranal Observatory
Close-up of the Paranal Platform
Close-up of the Paranal Platform
Southern View of the Paranal Platform
Southern View of the Paranal Platform
UT Enclosures in the Evening Light
UT Enclosures in the Evening Light
Lower Intermediate Structure of UT1
Lower Intermediate Structure of UT1
Base for UT2
Base for UT2
The Paranal Site
The Paranal Site

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