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Impact of hydrostatic bearings on the design and performance of telescopes
Author(s): Donald R. Chivens; David E. Chivens
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Paper Abstract

The use of hydrostatic bearings for the support of the azimuth and elevation axes of telescopes offers a number of optical performance advantages. In addition to the benefits resulting from exceedingly low friction, the integration of hydrostatic bearings into the conceptual design of a telescope mount widens the range of geometric possibilities, particularly for larger telescopes. Mount stiffness and tracking accuracy are major advantages. This paper presents an overview of some of the design opportunities made possible by the use of hydrostatic bearings in addition to a discussion of the features and factor that are necessary for the their successful application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3692, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII, (15 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352854
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Donald R. Chivens, L&F Industries, Inc. (United States)
David E. Chivens, L&F Industries, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3692:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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