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Surface Upgrade - Ring 2 Complete 2001/03/30

The last of the second ring of new solid surface panels for the Hartebeesthoek radio telescope was installed on 30 March 2001. These panels have an average error of 80 microns.

The photographs were taken by Louis Barendse. Click on the image for a full size (1600 x 1200) view.

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The picture above shows the last panels being installed.

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The telescope is shown in silhouette above, highlighting the solid surface compared to the old perforated plates.

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The telescope is seen from the west. The Satellite Laser Ranger is on the left, partly masked by the Hi-Ranger, or "cherry-picker".