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Spectroscopic survey telescope project
Author(s): Lawrence W. Ramsey; Thomas A. Sebring; Christopher A. Sneden
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Paper Abstract

We describe the concept, basic design and capability of an eight meter class telescope currently being constructed by a international consortium of universities led by The Pennsylvania State University and The University of Texas at Austin. This unique telescope concept represents a deliberate trade between the science mission and technical cost drives. The basic science driver for the Spectroscopic Survey Telescope has traditionally been the need to obtain a large number of spectroscopic exposures in a short time. An efficient design that meets this need is a tilted Arecibo type telescope with a large segmented primary mirror. The SST has a number of other unique features that allow it to meet its science mission with unusual cost effectiveness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176221
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence W. Ramsey, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Thomas A. Sebring, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Christopher A. Sneden, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)


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

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