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SIR WILLIAM HERSCHEL
SIR WILLIAM HERSCHEL
Germany (1738 - 1822)
Sir Frederick William Herschel was a German-born British astronomer and composer who became famous for discovering Uranus. He also discovered infrared radiation and made many other discoveries in astronomy.
 

Professional astronomers use large telescopes all over the world, and even in space. Most of the largest ground-based reflecting telescopes are concentrated in Hawaii, Chile, and the Canary Islands that take advantage of the dark skies and superior seeing conditions created by high elevations, dry and steady airflow, and great distances from city lights. You will also find large relfecting telescopes in the United States (California, Arizona and Texas among other states), South Africa, Russia, Australia, China and other countries. Check out this list of large reflecting telescopes with primary mirrors that range in size from 15 to 2.2 meters in diameter for one that might be located near you, or plan your next vacation to visit one.

To view the details of any telescope in this list, please click on the name of the telescope. You can also sort the telescopes, by clicking on the table headings.

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Telescope Location Country
CHARA Mt. Wilson, California USA 2.45
Hiltner Kitt Peak, Arizona USA 2.4
Hubble Space Telescope Low Earth orbit USA 2.4
WIRO Jelm Mountain, Wyoming USA 2.3
Bok Kitt Peak, Arizona USA 2.3
UH Mauna Kea, Hawaii USA 2.2
James Clerk Maxwell Mauna Kea, Hawaii USA 15
Shajn Crimea Ukraine 2.6
Gran Telescopio Canarias La Palma, Canary Islands Spain 10.4
William Herschel La Palma, Canary Islands Spain 4.2
Telescopio Nazionale Galileo La Palma, Canary Islands Spain 3.58
MPI-CAHA Calar Alto Spain 3.5
Isaac Newton La Palma, Canary Islands Spain 2.5
Nordic Optical La Palma, Canary Islands Spain 2.5
MPI-CAHA Calar Alto Spain 2.2
SALT Sutherland South Africa 10
Bolshoi Teleskop Azimutalnyi Nizhny Arkhyz Russia 6
Vainu Bappu Kavalur India 2.3
Herschel Space Telescope L2 orbit EU 3.5
LAMOST Xinglong Station China 4.2

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