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

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The six-shooter carousel of instruments for Subaru.

The Crane Above It Al

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Jovanovic peers down at the telescope below. The yellow block in front of him is part of the 80-ton crane responsible for moving the primary mirror when the aluminum coating needs to be reapplied.

Looking Down on Subaru

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Peering down at the telescope from the catwalk above.

A View from a Vent

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A look through one of the vents.

Oxygen Packs

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Oxygen packs were clearly present throughout the building.

Atop Telescope Mountain

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From left to right: the twin domes of Keck, NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility (mostly hidden behind the right Keck dome), Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Gemini North Telescope (silver dome), United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, UH Hilo Educational Telescope.

Thirty Meter Telescope's Future Home

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The proposed site of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

A Visit to Remember

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Nola Taylor Redd in front of the Subaru Observatory.

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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