World's Biggest Binoculars

Large Binocular TelescopeThe world’s largest telescope is set to make its debut next month.

After more than two decades of design and construction, the largest telescope in the world will finally be operational by January 2007. Situated atop Arizona's Mount Graham, 10,500 feet (3,200 meter) above the Chihuahuan desert, the $120 million Large Binocular Telescope—LBT to its builders—is a marvel of modern engineering, with a pair of 27.6-foot mirrors, image-correcting electronics, and a resolution unmatched by any other optical telescope on Earth or in the heavens, including the Hubble Space Telescope.

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