Proceedings PaperOptimization of auxiliary optics in active-optics telescopes
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The a-priori knowledge of the availability of active optics in a telescope can be advantageous in the design, optimization, and specification of tolerances for auxiliary devices of such a telescope. A modification of the merit function to be used into the optimization process is given, together with some considerations about the design procedure. The different effects of aberrations typically depending upon the position of the field of view (like coma or astigmatism), with those typically constant over the whole field of view (like spherical aberration) are explicitly taken into account in the mathematical treatment. A possible range of applications (prime focus corrector, off-axis field corrector, field flattener, reducing camera, and so on) is discussed. A case study for a field flattener is shown. The general result that can be derived from this paper is that tolerances are generally strongly relaxed, while a significant improvement of the nominal performances can be obtained only in particular cases or assuming a high dynamic range of the active optics correction.