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Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)


The LBT is a binocular telescope, consisting of two 8.4 meter mirrors on a common mount. When operated together, the two mirrors will have light gathering power equivalent to a single 11.8 meter instrument, and the spatial resolving power (image sharpness) corresponding to a 23 meter telescope.

See also the LBT Homepage at the MPIA.

LBT is an international collaboration, with partners from the United States, Italy, and Germany. The MPIA is taking a leading role in the German partnership, together with the MPI's for Extraterrestrial Physics (Garching) and for Radio Astronomy (Bonn) and the Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam. In early 1999, the Landessternwarte (Heidelberg) joined the German consortium or LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft.