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Telescopes

They like to site big modern telescope well away from street lights and pollution, and in places without many clouds. That cuts your options quite a bit. Then they like to have the minimum of air turbulence. Have you seen a mirage over a hot road? You get a similar effect, but smaller, whenever you have air movement. So they like to put telescopes in places with smooth air flow, which tends to mean the tops of mountains. So the three best sites in the world are La Palma, Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and La Silla in the Andes in Chile.

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Isaac Newton and Jacobus Kapteyn Telesacopes, La Palma
T1 Two telescopes
Mirror of the William Herschel Telescope, La Palma
T2 WHT mirror
MAGIC Telesacopes, La Palma
T3 MAGIC telescopes
Swedish Solar Telescope, Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma
T4 Swedish Solar Telescope
GranTeCan, Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma
T5 Grantecan
William Herschell Telescope and astronomer, Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma
T6 WHT telescope and astronomer

 

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