Birds eye view of the elaborate 3-dimensional model of the European Extremely Large Telescope.
The telescope features a novel, innovative design, based on 5 mirrors. The primary 42-m mirror is composed of 906 segments, each 1.45 m wide, while the secondary mirror is as large as 6 m in diameter. A tertiary mirror, 4.2 m in diameter, relays the light
The five mirror approach results in an exceptional image quality, with no significant aberrations in the field of view.
With a 42-m diameter primary mirror, the present baseline, its total rotating mass is 5500 tons. The two platforms on each side of the structure hold large instruments.