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Fiber fed spectral calibration with the Hobby-Eberly telescope
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Paper Abstract

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) imposes unique constraints on the design of a spectral calibration system. Its 9.2 m aperture and queue scheduled operation make traditional dome screens impractical. Furthermore, the changing pupil of the HET's tilted Aricebo design is far more drastic than the simple rotation of traditional alt-azimuth telescopes. Given these constraints we elected to build an internal spectral calibration system (SCS) common to all instruments. The SCS can feed all HET instruments from a uniformly illuminated Lambertian screen located within the spherical abberation corrector (SAC) at the telescope's second pupil. A moving baffle installed at the third pupil will reproduce, during calibration, the actual HET pupil seen in a science exposure. We eliminated all heat sources at the SAC by locating the lamps in the basement below the telescope and coupling source to screen through 12 600 μm diameter 35 m long fibers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461740
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph R. Tufts, McDonald Observatory/Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Gary J. Hill, McDonald Observatory/Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Gordon L. Wesley, McDonald Observatory/Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Phillip J. MacQueen, McDonald Observatory/Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Lawrence W. Ramsey, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


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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