The majority of recent developments in astronomical telescopes have been as a result of international co-operation. This has two main advantages:
- the cost of the venture can be shared
- expertise can be shared
Two examples of International Collaboration include...
For example, the Great Canary Telescope in the Canary Islands was completed in 2009. Ninety per cent of the project was funded by the Spanish government and the remainder was split between Mexico and the University of Florida. These stakeholders share the use of the telescope in these proportions.
The Gemini Observatory consists of two telescopes - one in Chile and one in Hawaii. This allows them to view objects in the skies of the northern and southern hemispheres. The project is jointly funded by the USA, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Australia.