“World’s biggest binoculars” belong to Chihuahua

As reported by Discover Magazine last month, the Large Binocular Telescope, situated at 10,500′ above sea level on Mt. Graham in Arizona’s Chihuahua Desert, is scheduled to be fully operational this month. The ‘scope’s pair of 27.6-foot mirrors have been polished to within 1/1,000,000th of an inch of perfection — roughly 120 times the reciprocal of the instrument’s cost in American dollars.
I want one of these. Apart from the technological pizazz inherent capturing , say, a galaxy 16 million light-years away with such visual clarity, the pictures are, well, pretty.

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  1. #1 by Jim on January 3, 2007 - 3:48 pm

    Geez, and I thought the new digital SLR my wife got me for Christmas was cool.
    A picture of an entire galaxy sort of freaks me out. Always did. The only thing more mind-expanding to me is a picture of a whole bunch of galaxies. I love it. I want to wallpaper my basement with it (but I don’t think my wife would be too keen on it).

  2. #2 by gingerbaker on January 7, 2007 - 9:49 am

    I want one of these Mexican dog binoculars also. I live in Vermont, and I want my Golden Retriever to be able to check out chicks in Miami Beach. :D
    Hi Jim – is this OK for a first post?
    Best regards,
    Ginger

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