eliz_40i

Elizabeth  Telescope

100  cm (40 inch)

Photo Credit: C de Coning 2008

Index:

Summary; History; Current; Technical; Sources; Links; Gallery:

In brief

Important  Contributions:

Description:

  • It  was named the Elizabeth Telescope because approval was given “in  principle” to built the telescope, in the same year as Queen  Elizabeth 2nd was crowned (1953).
  • 1964: Formally opened.
  • Used for Photoelectic Photometry.

Historical Background

Owner:

Where  Located:

  • Observatory (Cape Town)
    (Note: It is the same premises initially known as the Cape Observatory, now as S.A.A.O. headquarters in Observatory, Cape  Town.)

Current Information

Present  Location:
Sutherland

Owner:
S.A.A.O.

Status:
Operational

Condition:

Technical  Details

Type: Reflector / Cassegrain
Aperture: 40 inch (101.6 cm)
Focal Length:

  • Prime  focus: f/4.6
  • Cassegrain focus: f/20


Mirror:
Mounting:
Attachments:

Manufacturer:

Sources

Link to the Main Bibliography Section and more information about Sources.

Documentation:

Pictorial  Sources:

Bibliography:

  • Laing,  J.D. (ed.), The Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope 1820 – 1970 Sesquicentennial Offerings, p.17; p.31.
  • Moore, P. & Collins, P., Astronomy in Southern Africa, p.83. (General Source)
  • The  South African Astronomical Observatory, p.4.
    (Publication of SAAO, no author, no date)

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Gallery

Eliz_1m40i_-02r
The 40 inch Elizabeth telescope.
Source: A.S.S.A. Archives: Peter Smits Collection.

Eliz_1m40i_-01r
The 40 inch Elizabeth telescope at Sutherland.
Source: Smits [unpublished]

Photo Credit: C de Coning 2008

Photo Credit: C de Coning 2008