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Southern Africa Large Telescope

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Address: Sutherland Road, Sutherland, South Africa
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They tour kicks off at the visitor cente where a knowledgeable guide walked us through the basics of celestial observations and the different technologies employed. a short but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They tour kicks off at the visitor cente where a knowledgeable guide walked us through the basics of celestial observations and the different technologies employed. a short but informative video showing scale from 1m resolution to galactic resolution put things into perspective quickly! two telescopes visited, with the crowning jewel and end of tour visit to the SALT telescope itself,... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited two telescopes, different in technology and in size. The SALT telescope is interesting and you get to see and understand the complexity of the 92 mirrors, which have to be kept clean at all time. It is obviously better at night if you want to see the star system.

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Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The day tour was worthwhile, although the tour guide's knowledge was lacking once we scratched beneath the surface. The evening tour was extremely poor, with an unnecessary DVD played at start off followed by a perfunctory tour of a few objects in the night sky. Definitely less enthusiasm showed than Jurg, who we visited the evening before.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We unfortunately could not do a tour as they were fully booked but enjoyed the interactive walk through section they had.

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Thank Hayley I
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We took a day tour as well as a night tour. Both were interesting in their own way. The day tour involves a tour of SALT. The night tour involves looking through telescopes (NOT SALT as that is used by scientists at night) at the night sky. Take a jacket - it is freezing no matter how warm the day... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

In the Sutherland area, the SALT and SAAC visitor centre is a must visit. Prebook to ensure availability of a tour. The tour was informative with enough time for taking photographs, and the guide entertaining. Souvenir photographs may be taken at the visitors centre, and proved great fun.

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Thank Michelle R
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We booked ahead of time for both the afternoon and evening tours. These turned out to be completely different experiences. The afternoon tour starts with a guided tour of the museum giving a general understanding of telescopes and astronomy. After which you drive up to the top where SALT and all the other telescopes (owned and managed by many nations)... More 

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2 Thank AlisonGitelson
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at SALT. more due to our own knowledge and excitement. I do feel the tour was "rushed" our guide seemed to be just going through the motions spewing out facts with no context. the video presentation was also outdated and barely relevant. The facility is super impressive, highly recommended.

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Thank KevinmatthewsSa
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

What an interesting visit. If you are interested in the stars, the cosmos, the universe, well do yourself a favour and visit SALT. Very impressive.

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Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We went to Sutherland like most visitors to see the stars and visit the SALT telescope. However, we were a little disappointed by the visitors centre in that most of the interative displays were not in working order and the lighting was terrible and thus made reading the interesting facts very difficult. The visit to the actual telescope however was... More 

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