Michael A. Stecker


Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML)

The lab is built into the side of the University of Arizona football stadium in Tucson.  Here is where giant honeycomb spin-cast glass mirrors are made and polished.  An 8.4 meter mirror was cast on my visit to the lab on July 23, 2005.  This (off-axis mirror) will be the first of seven made for the Giant Magellan Telescope.

photo note
This is a mosaic of three separate overlapping photos to create a vertical panorama of the building. The
image was "stitched" together using PowerStitch software.  This panorama was needed because my
camera did not have a wide enough field to encompass the entire building.


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