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Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope: steps on the route to success
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Paper Abstract

Development of the SOuthern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope is nearing completion atop Cerro Pachón in Chile. The facility and many accessory systems have been completed and are operational. The dome is installed and in the final stages of debugging, the telescope mount is being assembled on site after a successful trial integration and complete test at the contractor's facility, and the optical system is well on its way to completion later this year. Many instruments are under development with one in the final phases of integration and laboratory testing. This paper summarizes the status of the major subsystems, provides measured performance parameters where available, and outlines the remaining plans for the telescope development and subsequent commissioning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (4 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.456692
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas A. Sebring, SOAR Telescope Project (Chile)
Victor L. Krabbendam, SOAR Telescope Project (Chile)
Steven R. Heathcote, SOAR Telescope Project (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4837:
Large Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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