Southern Africa Large Telescope, Sutherland

#2 of 13 in Childrens Museums in South Africa
Take a peek into the greater universe at Southern Africa Large Telescope, an installation of the South Africa Astronomical Observatory near Sutherland. Perched on a hillock some 2,000 m (6,562 ft) above sea level, in a cold, semi-desert area ideal for stargazing, the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere (with 92 hexagonal mirrors) offers a unique perspective on the stars. Housed in a domed structure, the telescope is used for research purposes only, but you can arrange a 90-minute stargazing session with a 40 cm (16 inch) or a 35 cm (14 inch) visitor telescope at the visitor’s center. The SALT facility is closed to the public at night, and the area is heavily secured, so you cannot even drive by. Our Sutherland route app makes visiting Southern Africa Large Telescope and other Sutherland attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Off the beaten track but well worth a visit. So interesting. Great guides and the info centre is excellent.  more »
  • The reason most people visit Sutherland is to go stargazing. A very interesting tour is available to see the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere. The tour starts off in the information centre...  more »
  • Great place, it's in the middle of nowhere but you'll enjoy observing the space, that was my first time being interested in space, just seeing the stars in a close distance and seeing other planets in a close distance left me impressed, going there is a must otherwise you'll miss out a great deal of experience. Don't even hesitate.
  • For me as a science student it was awesome to see the telescope. If you book a tour you are able to see the inside of the telescope and it's impressive primary mirror. With the night tour you just will have a look through a smaller telescope. Unfortunately the guides were not that good informed about the star constellations. I would recommend to have a stargazing with your host of accommodation.
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