The Telescope

Located atop Mt. Graham, Arizona, the LBT is one of the world's largest and most advanced optical/IR telescopes, with twin 8.4-m diameter primary mirrors spanning a 22.8-m baseline, each equipped with adaptive secondary mirrors.

The instrumental suite consists of a combination of seeing-limited and adaptive optics instruments. New instruments, currently under construction or commissioning, will further exploit the excellent AO capabilities of the secondaries.

LBT is a scientifically productive telescope, with state-of-the art instruments and a lively community of engaged scientists. The LBT Partners share a common view of the priorities for the facility and contribute with financial and human resources to its development.

More information about the LBT is available at and upon request from the Search Committee. In particular, an extended review of the Observatory’s mission, goals and instrumentation will be made available to qualified applicants.

The Organization

The LBT governing organization is the LBT Corporation (LBTC), a non-profit organization based in Tucson, AZ, USA.

The LBTC partners are: the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica in Italy (INAF); the LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft, a consortium of German institutes (LBTB); the Ohio State University representing a consortium of US universities; and the University of Arizona.

The LBTC governing body is the Board of Directors, which includes 3 members for each Partner. A Scientific Advisory Committee and a Financial Committee provide the Board and the LBT Director with scientific and financial advice, respectively.

The telescope maintenance, upgrades and operations are managed by the LBT Observatory (LBTO), an independent unit of the University of Arizona, financed and controlled by LBTC. LBTO is a service organization with the responsibility of realizing the goals of the Partner institutions through the Board of Directors.

The Observatory offices are located at Steward Observatory, on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona.