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MMT conversion: a status report
Author(s): Frederic H. Chaffee; Daniel R. Blanco; Craig B. Foltz; Clinton C. Janes; Howard N. Lester; Anthony D. Poyner; Joseph T. Williams; Stephen C. Criswell; Daniel G. Fabricant; Gary D. Schmidt
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Paper Abstract

The project to enlarge the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) to a 6.5 m single primary mirror telescope is described. The goal is to provide a telescope which is competitive with the existing MMT in tracking and pointing performance (0.2 and 1.0 arcseconds, respectively) but has more than twice the light gathering power and 15 times the angular field of view. The existing mount and building will be used with minor modifications so that the cost of the project is relatively modest. Casting of the 6.5 m mirror is scheculed in early 1991 and first light in late 1993.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19221
Show Author Affiliations
Frederic H. Chaffee, MMT Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Daniel R. Blanco, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Craig B. Foltz, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Clinton C. Janes, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Howard N. Lester, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Anthony D. Poyner, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Joseph T. Williams, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Stephen C. Criswell, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Daniel G. Fabricant, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Gary D. Schmidt, 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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