A report on Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Science

BTA-6 as seen from in front of the main entrance.
The 1-meter Zeiss-1000 and the 60-centimeter Zeiss behind it
The RATAN-600 Radio Telescope

Astronomical observatory, set up in 1966 in the USSR, and now operated by the Russian Academy of Sciences.

- Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Science
BTA-6 as seen from in front of the main entrance.

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Inside the main observatory

BTA-6

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Inside the main observatory

The BTA-6 (Большой Телескоп Альт-азимутальный) is a 6 m aperture optical telescope at the Special Astrophysical Observatory located in the Zelenchuksky District of Karachay-Cherkessia on the north side of the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia.

Russian Academy of Sciences

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The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS; Росси́йская акаде́мия нау́к (РАН) Rossíiskaya akadémiya naúk) consists of the national academy of Russia; a network of scientific research institutes from across the Russian Federation; and additional scientific and social units such as libraries, publishing units, and hospitals.

The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS; Росси́йская акаде́мия нау́к (РАН) Rossíiskaya akadémiya naúk) consists of the national academy of Russia; a network of scientific research institutes from across the Russian Federation; and additional scientific and social units such as libraries, publishing units, and hospitals.

The building of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg on Universitetskaya Embankment
Original headquarters of the Imperial Academy of Sciences - the Kunstkamera in Saint Petersburg

Special Astrophysical Observatory

Arkhyz

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Village in the valley of the Bolshoy Zelenchuk River, in the Republic of Karachay–Cherkessia, Greater Caucasus, Russia, about 70 km inland from the Black Sea shore.

Village in the valley of the Bolshoy Zelenchuk River, in the Republic of Karachay–Cherkessia, Greater Caucasus, Russia, about 70 km inland from the Black Sea shore.

Arkhyz is also the site of a Soviet astrophysical observatory which formerly boasted the world's largest solid-mirror reflecting telescope (6 meters in diameter).