The ESO 3.6m Telescope was commissioned in 1977, and
completely upgraded in 1999. It has a horseshoe/fork mounting, and
an interchangeable top unit allowing the secondary mirror to be
changed from a f/8 to a f/35 Cassegrain focus. The pointing error is
about 5" RMS. The pointing is limited to 70deg. zenithal
distance, and 5.5h HA, but a small region under the pole is reachable.
News and updates
- 2006-Oct-25 Maintenance of the 3.6m dome is progressing with good results. Science operations is expected to resume on Nov-04.
The dome of the 3.6m enters an extended period of corrective
maintenance. Science operations at the 3.6m is temporarily suspended
until further notice.
- The telescope reaches an image quality better than 0.2" at Zenith.
- Main mirror aluminized on September 13th 2005.