Large Binocular Telescope
The Large Binocular Telescope
is a join project of the Italian astronomical community (represented by the Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)), the University of Arizona
, Arizona State University
, Northern Arizona University, the LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft in Germany
(Max-Planck-Institutfür Astronomie in Heidelberg, Landessternwarte in Heidelberg, Astrophysikalisches Institut in Potsdam, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik in Munich
, and Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie in Bonn
), The Ohio State University
, Research Corporation in Tucson, and the University of Notre Dame
The final configuration will be a telescope with two 8.4-meter mirrors mounted on a common base (hence the name "binocular"), taking full advantage of active and adaptive optics. Also, an interferometric mode will be available, with a baseline of 23 meters.
The telescope is currently (2003) in building phase at Mount Graham, Arizona. First light is expected for the spring of 2004.
Website of the LBT