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Optical design of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope four-mirror spherical aberration corrector
Author(s): Robert K. Jungquist
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Paper Abstract

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope uses a 11-meter diameter F/1.45 segmented spherical primary mirror. A spherical mirror of this size generates large amounts of spherical aberration. To be used successfully in a tilted optical Arecibo type telescope, the spherical aberration needs to be corrected. This means that tracking of astronomical targets is achieved through moving a tracker optical package which imposes somewhat severe packaging constraints. Given these packaging constraints, novel methods must be employed to correct the aberrations with the Spherical Aberration COrrector contained in the moving tracker optical package. The paper reviews the pertinent requirements, constraints and the resultant design of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Four Mirror Spherical Aberration Corrector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 1999
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3779, Current Developments in Optical Design and Optical Engineering VIII, (5 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.368191
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Robert K. Jungquist, Eastman Kodak Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3779:
Current Developments in Optical Design and Optical Engineering VIII
Robert E. Fischer; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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