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The Large Petal Telescope for the Next Generation Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Author(s): Denis Burgarella; Kjetil Dohlen; Marc Ferrari; Frederic Zamkotsian; Francois Hammer; Frederic Sayede; Francois Rigaud
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Paper Abstract

Considered until recently one of the best telescopes in the world, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) is now bypassed by larger telescopes. Aware of this problem, the CFHT Science Advisory Council (SAC) solicited proposals from the CFH community groups to replace the present telescope by a world-class research facility before the end of the decade. A report describing our proposal is available on our web site ( The motivation to design and build a new telescope is often driven by the astronomers need to observe fainter and fainter sources. The basis of the next generation CFHT (NG-CFHT) is therefore to increase the size of the primary mirror to reach fainter and more remote objects in the luminosity functions. But beyond this photon quest , the way we use the photons is also very important. The development of new technologies will permit an optimization of performances and a better image quality thanks to state-of-the-art instruments on state-of-the-art telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4840, Future Giant Telescopes, (30 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458071
Show Author Affiliations
Denis Burgarella, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Kjetil Dohlen, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Marc Ferrari, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Frederic Zamkotsian, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Francois Hammer, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Frederic Sayede, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Francois Rigaud, Observatoire de Paris Meudon (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4840:
Future Giant Telescopes
J. Roger P. Angel; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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