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European Extremely Large Telescope

(E-ELT, ELT, Extremely Large Telescope)
(39-meter telescope under construction)

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT, also called the Extremely Large Telescope or ELT) is a 39.3 meter Adaptive Optics, Segmented Mirror-reflecting Extremely Large Telescope under construction by the European Southern Observatory on top of Cerro Armazones, Chile (altitude: 3046m), in the Atacama Desert. It is a new site, but about 1 km from the existing Cerro Armazones Observatory, but it will be operated out of ESO's Paranal Observatory, which is about 20-km distant. Ground construction begin in 2017 with the aim for First Light in 2024.

Planned instruments:


Referenced by:
Adaptive Optics (AO)
Atacama Desert
Extremely Large Telescope (ELT)
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL)
Segmented Mirror
Three-Mirror Anastigmat