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ARISTARCHUS
ARISTARCHUS
Samos, Grecia (//310 BC - //ca. 230 BC)
Aristarchus was a Greek astronomer and mathematician, born on the island of Samos, in Greece. He was the first person to present an explicit argument for a heliocentric model of the solar system, placing the Sun, not the Earth, at the center of the known universe (hence he is sometimes known as the "Greek Copernicus").
 

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
UKIRT Mauna Kea, Hawaii USA 3.8
AEOS Maui, Hawaii USA 3.67
Canada-France-Hawaii Mauna Kea, Hawaii USA 3.6
ARC Apache Point, New Mexico USA 3.5
WIYN Kitt Peak, Arizona USA 3.5
Starfire Kirtland AFB, New Mexico USA 3.5
Shane Mount Hamilton, California USA 3
NASA IRTF Mauna Kea, Hawaii USA 3
Harlan Smith Mt. Locke, Texas USA 2.7
Hooker Mt. Wilson, California USA 2.5
Sloan Digital Sky Survey Apache Point, New Mexico USA 2.5
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

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