McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope Photo Gallery

©2011 by Fred Espenak. All rights reserved.


The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope is the largest solar instrument in the world with an unobstructed aperture of 1.6 meters. The structure includes a 100-feet high tower from which a shaft slants two hundred feet to the ground. The shaft continues underground forming a tunnel where the sun is viewed at the prime focus. The primary mirror along with two smaller mirrors are mounted in a large heliostat atop the tower which collects light and directs it down the tunnel. Unlike other solar telescopes, the McMath-Pierce is sensitive enough to observe bright stars in the night.

The McMath-Pierce is used to study the structure and spectra of sunspots. These are cooler regions in the sun's photosphere that appear dark and irregular in shaped.

Important discoveries revealed with this telescope include: a detection of water and isotopic helium in the sun; solar emission lines at 12 microns; first measurement of Kilogauss magnetic fields outside sunspots and the very weak intra-network fields; first high resolution images at 1.6 and 10 microns; detection of a natural maser in the Martian atmosphere.

(Adapted from Kitt Peak Virtual Tour )

The following photo gallery presents a collection of images of the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope.


Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.




McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce
Solar Telescope - 1

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Sunburst with Vacuum
& McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Under the
Solar Telescope

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Dawn at McMath-Pierce
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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce
Solar Telescope - 2

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Looking Down Polar Axis
of Solar Telescope

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Solar Telescope
In Morning Twilight

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
1.6-Meter Heliostat
of McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Looming Solar Telescope
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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Crescent Moon
& McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Unique McMath-Pierce
Solar Telescope

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce & Vacuum
Solar Telescopes

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Star Trails Over
McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce
Solar Telescope - 3

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Massive Solar Telescope
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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Inside McMath-Pierce
Telescope Tube

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Dawn Silhouette of
McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Underneath
McMath-Pierce
Telescope

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Looking Up the Tube
of McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Sunburst &
McMath-Pierce - 1

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Rising Star Trails
Above McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce Heliostat
in Moonlight

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Star Arcs Over
Solar Telescope

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce
Solar Telescope - 4

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Evening Twilight
& Solar Telescope

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Sunburst &
McMath-Pierce - 2

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Mighty McMath-Pierce
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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Magenta Dusk
at McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Sunrise Starburst
at McMath-Pierce

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Planets Over
McMath-Pierce

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