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Design of lightweight primary mirror for the TAUVEX telescope
Author(s): Ofer Weiss; David Stavitsky
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Paper Abstract

The UV astronomical telescope built by EL-OP in conjunction with the Tel Aviv University Wise Observatory is planned to be launched in 1995 on the SRG satellite. The telescope is comprised of three almost identical Ritchey-Chretien co-aligned telescopes. One of the most critical components of each of these telescopes is their primary mirror. The demanding requirements imposed by the optical design play a major role in the design of such elements. A complex design scheme which involves the utilization of finite element structural analysis in evaluating thermal as well as static and dynamic loadings, is involved. The technique of mirror light weighting involves the know-how and acquaintance with manufacturing limitations as well as mirror mounting techniques. Through a substantial use of CAD tools and the above mentioned analytical tools, a rigorous trial and error effort was undertaken until a final design was accomplished.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1971, 8th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel: Optical Engineering and Remote Sensing, (13 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.151018
Show Author Affiliations
Ofer Weiss, ElOp Electrooptics Industries Ltd. (Israel)
David Stavitsky, ElOp Electrooptics Industries Ltd. (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1971:
8th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel: Optical Engineering and Remote Sensing

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