The technical world is abuzz with the plethora of large scale telescopes coming over the horizon in the wake of the Hubble Space Telescope’s success (once the right unit system was in use).
The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is scheduled to be fully up and working in Chile’s Atacama Desert by 2024 and will be the world’s largest optical telescope.
The even larger proposed $1.4bn optical Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea in Hawaii has yet to begin construction following protests from the local population.
These two, once built will be larger than the current Very Large Telescope from The European Space Observatory in Chile (VLT) though may face competition from the European – Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) .
There is also the the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in the USA.