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New wide-field corrector for the Kitt Peak Mayall 4-m telescope
Author(s): George H. Jacoby; Ming Liang; David Vaughnn; Richard Reed; Taft Armandroff
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Paper Abstract

The Kitt Peak Mayall 4-m telescope required a new prime focus corrector having a flat focal plane covering 36 arcmin on a side (51 arcmin diagonal) to accommodate the Mosaic 8K X 8K CCD system. The scientific requirements for the new corrector included atmospheric dispersion compensation (ADC), excellent near-UV efficiency, excellent image quality, and extremely low scattered light and ghosting. The optical system designed to meet these demands exhibits excellent and stable performance through its first year of operation. This paper describes the innovative design and engineering aspects of the corrector. Science verification data are presented to demonstrate some of the attributes of the new corrector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316845
Show Author Affiliations
George H. Jacoby, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Ming Liang, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
David Vaughnn, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Richard Reed, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Taft Armandroff, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3355:
Optical Astronomical Instrumentation
Sandro D'Odorico, Editor(s)

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