On Monday (26 April) a new 40-ton telescope was loaded aboard a ship in Hamburg to be transported to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at La Silla, Chile.
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SCU Dr. Walter Strewinski (older of two men) and assistant
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SV & CU Men making adjustments to telescope
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Background: On Monday (26 April) a new 40-ton telescope was loaded aboard a ship in Hamburg to be transported to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at La Silla, Chile. The telescope is of the Schmidt type, originally invented by a Hamburg optician in 1932. This particular instrument was constructed under the supervision of Dr. Walter Strewinski over a period of 14 months, at a cost of 250,000 pounds sterling.
ESO, with headquarters in Hamburg, is a joint enterprise of astronomers from Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Sweden, and West Germany. The telescope boasts a new oil hydraulic system and special ball bearings, which will drastically cut down on vibration. The instrument will be installed at the observatory at La Silla, north of Santiago, in the Andes Mountains. Astronomers there hope to begin conducting studies of the southern skies, with the new telescope, in September.