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Statement by the Anglo-Australian Telescope Project Office



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STATEMENT BY THE ANGLO--AUSTRALIAN TELESCOPE PROJECT OFFICE

The Anglo-Australian Telescope Project Office in Canberra today announced the placing of the contract for the construction of the telescope dome.

The 150-inch optical telescope is to be installed at the Siding Spring Observatory of the Australian National University on behalf of the British and Australian Governments.

Evans Deakin Industries Ltd of Brisbane will construct the dome which will be installed on the top of the telescope building. The dome will weigh approximately 450 tons, will be 120 feet in diameter and will take about eighteen months to build.

The contract is for a sum of $1,627,000.