New Telescope has Innovative Structural Design

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 6, Pg. 76-77

Document Type: Feature article


The new optical telescope at Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, is the third largest in the world, but one of the most economical to build. The savings is the result of using 6 lightweight, small mirrors rather than one large one. Telescope housing is equally unusual. The mirrors are supported on a massive steel yoke and pier foundation. The building is rectangular and rotates with the telescope on 4 conical wheels.

Subject Headings: Telescopes | Innovation | Structural design | Economic factors | Housing | Steel | Piers | Drilled pier foundations | Arizona | United States

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