Timur has visited the biggest telescope in Eurasia, which is called BTA-6. It was built during Soviet times, in the Caucasian mountains. Conceived in the 1950s by Soviet scientists who wanted to peek deeper into space, it’s still active and now is used by Russian scientists. Here is the story and photos from Timur’s trip:
The ridge on this valley where the telescope stands is 2100 meters above sea level.
The height of the dome is 50 meters and its made of aluminum.
It took three years for the mirror to be manufactured!
Light from the mirror reflects into this device on top.
This is the door in the dome which can be opened.
And now the culmination moment – the iris doors of the mirror are slowly opening.
After seeing the telescope, Timur went down to see the motors that make it work and rotate.
The telescope is supported with liquid supports. Some of them also use springs for added stability and smoothness.
And here are the motors one floor down.
If you go further down there is a shaft and bearings.
The foundation of the building is separated from the foundation of the telescope so as to avoid unnecessary vibrations.
And here is where the scientists work.
And here is where they take a rest.
For eighteen years up until 1975, this telescope was the largest telescope in the world, until an even larger telescope was made in America. Still, this one is very impressive!
Thanks to Timur for his efforts and trip!