SAAO’s newest telescope, Lesedi was installed in 2017 and is currently being commissioned for use by the local and international astronomical community.  This 1-metre telescope was named Lesedi – meaning light or enlightenment in Sesotho – a name selected from competition entries submitted by South African high school learners. The telescope functions in the visible and ultraviolet wavelengths and boasts a custom-made wide-field camera.
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