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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:


(telescopes,mirror,configuration)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segmented_mirror
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_optical_reflecting_telescopes

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

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