List of optical telescopes

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Several hundred more observatories (many optical) are listed here (http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/astroweb/telnotspace.html).

Name Abbreviation Remarks Location
Anglo-Australian Observatory AAO 3.9 metre Anglo-Australian Telescope, ANU's Siding Spring 2.3 m Telescope, 1.2 metre UK Schmidt Telescope Coonabarabran, New South Wales (Australia)
David Dunlap Observatory DDO Richmond Hill, Ontario (Canada)
McDonald Observatory 11m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, 2.7m Harlan J. Smith Telescope, 2.1m Otto Struve Telescope Davis Mountains, 450 miles west of Austin, Texas (USA)
Infrared Optical Telescope Array IOTA Amado, Arizona (USA)
Keck Telescopes Keck Two 10m optical/infrared telescopes (occasionally used as an interferometer) Mauna Kea, Hawaii (USA)
Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer MRO Interferometer which will have up to ten telescopes, providing the highest resolution optical images in the world Magdalena Ridge, New Mexico (USA)
Nordic Optical Telescope NOT 2.6m optical/infrared telescope. Canary Islands, Spain
Overwhelmingly Large Telescope OWL Conceptual design of a telescope with a single aperture of 100 meters in diameter. Still on research status.
Southern African Large Telescope SALT Biggest telescope in the southern hemisphere of the Earth. Karoo, South Africa
Very Large Telescope VLT Four separate 8m optical/infrared telescopes (occasionally used as an interferometer). Paranal Observatory, Chile
William Herschel Telescope WHT 4.2m optical/infrared telescope. Canary Islands, Spain
LAT 1.8m (70 inch) Amateur telescope, under development TBD, California (USA)

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