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Assembly and integration to first light of the four VLT telescopes
Author(s): Peter M. Gray
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Paper Abstract

The design, manufacture and construction of the four 8 m VLT telescopes has been a major endeavor of the European Southern Observatory and European astronomy over the past twenty years. The final stages of this project, the assembly, integration and verification of the succession of four 8 m Unit Telescopes in the last three years, is the culmination of this great project. The successful achievement of this activity has been the result of a carefully planned campaign, using the best of telescope building methods developed on other projects over many years.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4004, Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning, (2 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393913
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Peter M. Gray, Paranal Observatory/European Southern Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4004:
Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning
Thomas A. Sebring; Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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