Astrophysics (index)

Large Binocular Telescope

(dual 8.4 meter telescope in Arizona)

The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) is a pair of two 8.4 meter Reflector Telescopes on Mount Graham (3221m) in Arizona. The twin reflectors give it both light-capturing capability and ability to capture detail through Interferometry or do observations with two instruments simultaneously. One reflector has been in production since 2005 and the second since 2008.

The reflectors are mounted together and use Adaptive Optics (AO).


  • LBC - Optical/near Ultraviolet (UV) wide field camera
  • PEPSI - high resolution optical Spectrograph (future)
  • MODS - multi object optical spectrograph
  • LUCI - multi object Infrared (IR) spectrograph
  • LINC/Nirvana - wide-field
  • LBTI/LMIRCAM - imaging spectrograph
  • LBTI/NOMIC - N band nulling imager
  • FLAO - first light adaptive optics
  • ARGOS - guide device

Some of these instruments planned for both reflectors currently are in place only on one.

(telescope,reflector,visible light,infrared,ultraviolet,ground,Arizona)

Referenced by:
Gregorian Telescope
Monolithic Mirror
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA)