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Gemini enclosure and support facility design philosophy and design description
Author(s): Keith Raybould; Robert M. Ford; Paul E. Gillett; Steven G. Hardash; Gordon Pentland
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Paper Abstract

The Gemini project is an international collaboration between the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, 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, a document developed by the Gemini Science Committee. This paper describes the design considerations that influence the scientific performance of the enclosure and support facility, and the features that have been incorporated to meet the demanding science requirements, particularly the 0.026 arc sec allowance for `enclosure seeing'. A description of the Gemini enclosure, support facilities and site plans for Mauna Kea is given here together with a brief description of the analysis and testing that has been performed to establish the performance of the facility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176211
Show Author Affiliations
Keith Raybould, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Robert M. Ford, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Paul E. Gillett, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Steven G. Hardash, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Gordon Pentland, 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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