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monolithic mirror

(telescope mirror made of one piece of material)

A monolithic mirror is the alternative to a segmented mirror in a reflector telescope. Segmented mirrors can be made larger, the largest current monolithic mirror in use now being a little more than 8 meters. Examples:


Referenced by:
Large Altazimuth Telescope (BTA-6)
Hale Telescope
reflector telescope
segmented mirror
Subaru Telescope
William Herschel Telescope (WHT)