New Telescope has Innovative Structural Design

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


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract:

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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