Video Gallery

Virtual Tour

A virtual tour of the telescope.

SALT – The African Eye, Part 2

Part 2 of a 2 part documentary series that covers the construction of the Southern African Large Telescope.

SALT – The African Eye, Part 1

Part 1 of a 2 part documentary series that covers the construction of the Southern African Large Telescope.

Sutherland by Night, Volume 2

Montage of 3 consecutive nights in July 2012 showing SALT in action from a unique point of view: the camera is mounted on the mirror structure, replacing one of the mirror segment. All technical details are at the end of the video.

By Bruno Letarte

Sutherland by Night, Volume 1

Montage of mostly 4 consecutive nights in July 2012.

By Bruno Letarte

Green Airglow in Sutherland

Green airglow captured in Sutherland at the end of December 2013, during a time of high solar activity. Airglow is a natural phenomenon caused by extreme UV radiation (from the Sun) exciting oxygen atoms situated 90-100 km high in the thermosphere.

By Bruno Letarte

Cape Town Nightscapes

Collection of time-lapses done in and around Cape Town during my first year as an enthusiast photographer. Most of the sequences include an astronomical object (Moon, Sun, Planets, Comets) setting or rising against an interesting foreground scenery.

By Bruno Letarte

Telescopes in Action

The Observatory in Sutherland sports 20 domes of which six are manned with the rest robotic. Bright Moon is not ideal for astronomy or photography, but it does illuminate the scene very effectively, creating day-time like scenery, except it includes stars in the sky! This timelapse movie shows some of the domes and telescopes in action on a bright clear night.

By Willie Koorts

Comets of Cape Town

A timelapse of 2 comets setting over the ocean in Cape Town, and various shots of comets seen from around Cape Town.

By Bruno Letarte