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2dF: the AAT's planned wide-field multifiber spectroscopic survey facility: report on commissioning the 2dF corrector/ADC
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Paper Abstract

The Anglo-Australian Telescope has just received a new prime- focus corrector, designed by Damien Jones (Prime Optics, Qld., Australia) and manufactured by Contraves, USA. The corrector is capable of producing aberration-corrected images over a full 2 degree diameter field of view. It is a 4-element design, the first two elements being rotatable cemented prismatic doublets approaching 1.0 m in diameter, which permit full atmospheric dispersion compensation to high zenith distances. The corrector is at the heart of a new powerful 400-fiber spectroscopic survey facility known as the 2dF. This A$2.3M project represents the largest investment in new technology and instrumentation the AAT has seen in its 20 year lifetime and will provide the telescope with a new and important role for large-scale statistical studies in the latter half of the decade and beyond. This paper will present the performance specifications for the corrector comparing them to the results of the recently complete telescope commissioning test.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2198, Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176797
Show Author Affiliations
Keith Taylor, Anglo-Australian Observatory (United States)
Peter M. Gray, Anglo-Australian Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2198:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII
David L. Crawford; Eric R. Craine, Editor(s)

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