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A simplified adaptive optics system
Author(s): Liviu Ivanescu; Rene Racine; Daniel Nadeau
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Paper Abstract

Affordable adaptive optics on small telescopes allow to introduce the technology to a large community and provide opportunities to train new specialists in the field. We have developed a low order, low cost adaptive optics system for the 1.6m telescope of the Mont Megantic Observatory. The system corrects tip-tilt, focus, astigmatisms and one trefoil term. It explores a number of new approaches. The sensor receives a single out-of-focus image of the reference star. The central obstruction of the telescope can free the focus detection from the effect of seeing and allows a very small defocus. The deformable mirror is profiled so as to preserve a parabolic shape under pressure from actuators located at its edge. A separate piezoelectric platform drives the tilt mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459795
Show Author Affiliations
Liviu Ivanescu, Observatoire du Mont Megnatic/Univ. de Montreal (Canada)
Rene Racine, Observatoire du Mont Megnatic/Univ. de Montreal (Canada)
Daniel Nadeau, Observatoire du Mont Megnatic/Univ. de Montreal (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4839:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies II
Peter L. Wizinowich; Domenico Bonaccini, Editor(s)

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