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Manufacturing and testing an 8.3-m astronomical mirror
Author(s): W. Scott Smith; John F. Hraba; George W. Jones
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Paper Abstract

The optical manufacturing facilities, equipment and processes used to manufacture and test an 8.3 meter diameter primary mirror are described. The very successful first light of the SUBARU telescope gives the final confirmation of the manufacturing and testing procedures. This achievement resulted from the cooperative efforts of three organizations working together to produce what is currently the largest and best optical quality monolithic 8 meter class astronomical telescope. The processes outlined here have set a new standard in optical quality for all future large astronomical instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3782, Optical Manufacturing and Testing III, (11 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.369238
Show Author Affiliations
W. Scott Smith, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John F. Hraba, Contraves Brashear Systems L.P. (United States)
George W. Jones, Contraves Brashear Systems L.P. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3782:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing III
H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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