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Design and testing of external structures for the UIST instrument
Author(s): David C. Gostick; Suzanne K. Ramsay-Howat; Jim Elliot
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Paper Abstract

The UIST instrument is a 1-5μm Imager Spectrometer for the UKIRT telescope. The instrument has a high spatial resolution, and is designed to critically sample image sizes of 0.24arcsec. The instrument weighs 750kg and measures approximately 1100x1000x700mm. The flexure specification for the instrument is to maintain the image at the slit within 10% of the narrowest slit width, which is 44μm wide. However combined flexure of the instrument and its supporting structure is expected to be many times more than this. To meet the UIST flexure requirements we propose use of an instrument specific component in the telescope pointing model, to correct for repeatable flexure. Two designs for mounting regimes are presented, together with flexure test results and a discussion of the use of a simple pointing correction. The first, flexible, truss design did not meet requirements and was replaced with a rigid truss system. The paper describes some lessons learned during the development of the UIST mounting scheme, which can be applied in other instrument designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461469
Show Author Affiliations
David C. Gostick, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr./Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Suzanne K. Ramsay-Howat, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr./Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Jim Elliot, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr./Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4841:
Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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