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Completion of the Large Binocular Telescope enclosure
Author(s): Jose Teran; James H. Slagle; John M. Hill; Daniel H. Neff
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Paper Abstract

The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) under construction on Mount Graham, Arizona is a unique instrument, which supports two 8.4-meter primary mirrors on the same mount. The telescope mirrors will provide a collecting area equivalent to an 11.8 circular aperture plus a diffraction baseline of 22.8 meters. This unique instrument presented new enclosure challenges and configurations in order to accommodate the Owner’s design, telescope operating criteria and budget. The LBT enclosure completed in the summer of 2002 provides useful information on the planning, designing and construction of a telescope enclosure. The use of a team approach by the contractors, engineers, and project office has been successful in maintaining quality construction at a reasonable price. This paper discusses the various systems implemented on the LBT enclosure and the lessons learned during the course of the design and construction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (4 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457981
Show Author Affiliations
Jose Teran, M3 Engineering and Technology Corp. (United States)
James H. Slagle, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
John M. Hill, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Daniel H. Neff, M3 Engineering and Technology Corp. (United States)

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

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