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Advanced technology in the VATT
Author(s): Daniel R. Blanco; Chris Corbally; Robert H. Nagel; Neville J. Woolf
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Paper Abstract

The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) now being fabricated differs from traditional telescopes in many ways. The altitude over azimuth mount will be direct driven by large diameter motors. The cell for the f/1 borosilicate honeycomb primary mirror incorporates a thermal control system to stabilize the mirror temperature. The f/9 Gregorian secondary will be mounted on a six-axis stage and controlled to submicron resolution in order to maintain the strict collimation tolerances needed for the fast optical system. Though only 1.83 m in aperture, VATT incorporates many of the design features of larger projects in the 8 m class.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19180
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel R. Blanco, MMT Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Chris Corbally, Vatican Observatory Research Group/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Robert H. Nagel, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Neville J. Woolf, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1236:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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