Progress on the Large Size Telescope: February 2018

Fitting a counterweight to the LST, Feb 2018, Roque de Los Muchachos observatory, La Palma island
February 21, 2018

They’re making great progress on the LST, and I’ve finally managed to get a photo which shows you just how huge it is. It’s one thing to say that the mirror will be 23m across. It’s another to see engineers beside the dish. They’re actually fitting a gigantic counterweight – the huge triangle of dark red metal at the top to the picture. Eventually it will be replaced by the…


More on the Large Size Telescope foundations

A digger working on the LST foundations, seen through MAGIC II, Roque de Los Muchachos, Garafia, La Palma island
August 24, 2016

Well now they’ve got 1 digger, 1 bulldozer, and 1 dumper truck levelling out the site. Now that the site is earth rather than cut bushes, it’s clearly visible from higher up. And of course it’s very noticeable from the helipad nearest to the MAGIC.