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Colossus Telescope

(The Colossus Telescope)
(concept for a 50-meter telescope using interferometry)

The Colossus Telescope (cited with The, i.e., "The Colossus Telescope") is a concept or a future telescope larger than the European Extremely Large Telescope. The concept features an effective primary mirror aperture of 50 meters using 60 individual 8-meter mirrors. (Being at the concept stage, somewhat different numbers have been cited.) It differs from segmented-mirror designs in that each 8-meter mirror would have a dedicated secondary mirror and optical interferometry would be used to produce the output, though each primary mirror would be off-axis, aiming light at a tightly-packed group of secondaries. Due to gaps between the individual mirrors, and an overall hexagonal shape, the collecting area would be about 70% of that of a single 50-meter mirror.

The PLANETS telescope (for Polarized Light from Atmospheres of Nearby Extraterrestrial Systems) is a 1.85-meter telescope in development for Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, which is to double as a pilot for some of Colossus's technology.


(telescope,ELT,visible light,plan,ground)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLANETS_telescope
http://the-colossus.com/
http://the-colossus.com/resources/kuhnetal_spie2014.pdf

Referenced by pages:
extremely large telescope (ELT)

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