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Gemini telescope structure design
Author(s): Keith Raybould; Paul E. Gillett; Peter Hatton; Gordon Pentland; Mike Sheehan; Mark Warner
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Paper Abstract

The Gemini project is an international collaboration to design, fabricate, and assemble two 8 M telescopes, one on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the other on Cerro Pachon in Chile. The telescopes will be national facilities designed to meet the Gemini Science Requirements (GSR), a document developed by the Gemini Science Committee (GSC) and the national project scientists. The Gemini telescope group, based on Tucson, has developed a telescope structure to meet the GSR. This paper describes the science requirements that have technically driven the design, and the features that have been incorporated to meet these requirements. This is followed by a brief description of the telescope design. Finally, analyses that have been performed and development programs that have been undertaken are described briefly. Only the designs that have been performed by the Gemini Telescope Structure, Building and Enclosure Group are presented here; control, optical systems, acquisition and guiding, active and adaptive optics, Cassegrain rotator and instrumentation issues are designed and managed by others and will not be discussed here, except for a brief description of the telescope configurations to aid subsequent discussions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176205
Show Author Affiliations
Keith Raybould, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Paul E. Gillett, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Peter Hatton, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Gordon Pentland, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Mike Sheehan, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Mark Warner, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2199:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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