Observatory with high powered telescope for astronomy


SCHOTT’s expertise and experience in telescope optics means that some of the planet’s most fascinating scientific projects rely on our products to achieve breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe. This is demonstrated by our involvement in the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) project in Chile.
Technician working on a large mirror substrate for an observatory telescope

Mirror Substrates

The demand for special telescope mirror substrate materials ignited the popularity of SCHOTT glass-ceramics more than 50 years ago. Ever since, special glass and glass-ceramic innovations have been developing alongside the latest technology in telescope optics.

Observatory with eight lines of light coming from the telescope

Instrument Optics

Telescopes demand materials with high refractive index homogeneity to enable extremely high resolution imagery. SCHOTT offers a top quality product portfolio of more than 120 optical glasses, with special materials, lenses and components specifically manufactured for this high-precision application.