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3.5-m mirror project at NOAO
Author(s): Larry M. Stepp
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Paper Abstract

The National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) have been working for several years to develop the technology for 8-m telescopes using structured borosilicate glass primary mirrors. In March 1989 the final stage in this technology development program began with the delivery of a 3.5-m mirror blank, cast under NOAO contract at the University of Arizona Mirror Lab. The project will have four phases: (1) initial fabrication, (2) testing of support and thermal systems, (3) aspherizing the mirror and rework of the support and thermal systems, and (4) final acceptance test. At the conclusion of this effort there will be a finished 3.5-m f/1.75 mirror, which will then become the heart of the new WIN telescope on Kitt Peak.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19231
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Larry M. Stepp, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)


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

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