The Subaru Telescope Atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii: A Photo Tour

Cosmic Window

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The eyepiece (bottom) of the massive Subaru telescope.

Carting Instruments Around

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The custom-built cart that moves along a track to change out the instruments on the bottom of the Subaru telescope.

Secondary Mirror

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Subaru's secondary mirror (the dome above it is closed).

Dust Protection

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Enormous vents throughout the building keep the temperature the same while barring dust, debris, and fast-blowing winds.

The Dome Door

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The door to the dome: how Subaru peers out at the heavens above.

Making Tracks

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Tracks in the floor leading to the large silver doors of the instrument storage rooms.

Instrument Swap Demo

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Nemanja "Nem" Jovanovic demonstrates how the crane changes out the instruments.

Telescope Selfie!

Nola Taylor Redd contributor Nola Taylor Redd couldn't resist taking this epic selfie in the mirror of one of Subaru's instruments.

Mirror View

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An image of the instrument mirror.

Telescope Controls

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The control console looks like a throwback to the '70s, but Jovanovic said similar machines are common in telescopes around the world.

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Nola Taylor Tillman
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Nola Taylor Tillman is a contributing writer for She loves all things space and astronomy-related, and enjoys the opportunity to learn more. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Astrophysics from Agnes Scott college and served as an intern at Sky & Telescope magazine. In her free time, she homeschools her four children. Follow her on Twitter at @NolaTRedd