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Active optical system design for the 4.2-m SOAR telescope
Author(s): Victor L. Krabbendam; Gregory P. Ruthven; Victor P. Bennett; John P. Blackburn; Charles D. Cox; Chi S. Keung; Terence A. Facey; Mark E. Furber; Conrad Neufeld; Richard A. Rockwell; Andrea M. Sarnik; John T. Stein
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Paper Abstract

The SOAR Telescope project has embarked on the development of a very high quality 4.2-meter diameter optical telescope to be sited on Cerro Pachon in Chile. The telescope will feature an image quality of 0.18 arc seconds, a moderate field of 11 arc minutes, a very large instrument payload capacity for as many as 9 hot instruments, and an Active Optical System optimized for the optical to near IR wavelengths. The active optical system features a 10 cm thick ULETM primary mirror supported by 120 electro- mechanical actuators for a highly correctable surface. the 0.6 meter diameter secondary is articulated by a hexapod for real time optical alignment. The 0.6-meter class tertiary will provide fast beam steering to compensate for atmospheric turbulence at 50 hertz and a turret for directing the light to either of two nasmyth or three-bent cassegrain ports. Both the secondary and tertiary are light- weighted by machining to achieve cost-effective low weight mirrors. This paper discusses the unique features of this development effort including many commercial products and software programs that enable its technical feasibility and high cost efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2000
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4003, Optical Design, Materials, Fabrication, and Maintenance, (20 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391503
Show Author Affiliations
Victor L. Krabbendam, SOAR Telescopes Project/National Optical Astronomy Observatories (Chile)
Gregory P. Ruthven, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Victor P. Bennett, Raytheon Co. (United States)
John P. Blackburn, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Charles D. Cox, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Chi S. Keung, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Terence A. Facey, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Mark E. Furber, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Conrad Neufeld, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Richard A. Rockwell, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Andrea M. Sarnik, Raytheon Co. (United States)
John T. Stein, Raytheon Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4003:
Optical Design, Materials, Fabrication, and Maintenance
Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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