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Design and status of the Spectroscopic Survey Telescope
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Paper Abstract

The Spectroscopic Survey Telescope is being constructed by a consortium of universities at McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of Texas. Principal partners are the University of Texas at Austin and the Pennsylvania State University. Also participating are Stanford University and the University of Munich and University of Gottingen in Germany. We describe the specific design attributes which enable the SST to be constructed for a fraction of the cost of astronomical telescopes of comparable size. Such unique features as identical spherical mirror segments, selective figuring for constant mirror mount deformation, air bearing azimuth rotation system, and pre-fabricated architectural type domes are employed. Emphasis is on simplification of design, reduction of part count and mass, and utilization of lessons learned from other recent large telescope projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176224
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas A. Sebring, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
John A. Booth, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
John M. Good, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Victor L. Krabbendam, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Frank B. Ray, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Lawrence W. Ramsey, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


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

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