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Lowell and Discovery Channel to Build New Telescope

On October 15, in a Mars Hill press conference, an agreement between the Observatory and Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI) to build a major new $30 million telescope near Happy Jack in Northern Arizona was announced. The Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is to be a modern, 4-meter-class telescope with a uniquely wide field-of-view and uncommon versatility. This telescope will have about five-and-a-half times the light gathering capacity of the Perkins Telescope, which has been Lowell’s main research telescope for the past four decades.

More: Lowell Observatory Press Release - Lowell Observatory and Discovery Communications, Inc., Announce Partnership to Build Innovative Telescope Technology

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