The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the largest in the world. It is situated at the South African Astronomical Observatory field station near the small town of Sutherland, in the Northern Cape province, about 400 km from Cape Town. Planning a trip to Sutherland? Be sure to book your tour of SALT in advance! Night tours include the viewing of interesting objects in the sky through two dedicated visitor telescopes, a 16-inch Meade and 14-inch Celestron. Note that visitors cannot visit any of the research telescopes at night, not even SALT. Astronomy is a light-sensitive science and no lights are allowed up on the plateau in the evenings. “The reason the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) was erected outside the town of Sutherland, some 370km from Cape Town, is because it is one of a handful of locations in the world that is ideal for stargazing.” EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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