Hale – The largest telescope of its Time

Hale, the largest telescope of its time, is located on Mount Palomar Observatory, California. It can see a distance of 7,038,835,200,000,000,000,000 miles. Palomar Observatory is located in San Diego county of California, America. It is a privately owned observatory operated by California Institute of Technology.

This observatory has several famous telescopes named Hale telescope (200 inches), Samuel Oschin telescope(48 inches) and Reflecting telescope(60 inches). This observatory also include some retired historical instruments, one of them is Schmidt telescope (18 inches) which is Palomar Observatory’s first telescope that started working from 1936.

Astronomer George Ellery Hale, one of the founders of Palomar Observatory, built the world’s largest Telescope four times. He needed the support from American people to make the 200-inch Hale telescope which then become the largest telescope of the world till 1992. In 1992, Keck I Telescope (387 inches approx.) in Hawaii became the largest in the world.

The Hale telescope was named after George Ellery Hale. It was built by Caltech and Rockefeller Foundation funded 6 million dollar. The telescope started functioning on January 26th, 1949. It includes a 1000-ton rotating dome and the rotating structure, with other 530 tons of moving parts. The mirror in telescope is weighing about 14.5 tons.

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