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Telescope with cutaway enclosure b

Cutaway image of TMT Enclosure

May 18th, 2017

Credit: M3 Engineering

A 3D rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope showing the telescope pointing vertically inside its enclosure. The full telescope structure is visible, with a 30 meter diameter segmented primary (M1), an active secondary (M2) and an articulated tertiary mirror (M3). Science instruments are mounted on the two large diagonally opposed Nasmyth platforms surrounding the telescope. Another platform supporting the M1 segment handling system is also shown, as well as the vertical servicing platform to access M2 and M3. This rendering shows excellently how the structure of the telescope has been compactly designed to fit within its minimal size enclosure.