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Results from a portable adaptive optics system on the 1-meter telescope at the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present results using a compact, portable adaptive optics system. The system was developed as a joint venture between the Naval Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, and two small, New Mexico based-businesses. The system has a footprint of 18x24x18 inches and weighs less than 100 lbs. Key hardware design characteristics enable portability, easy mounting, and stable alignment. The system also enables quick calibration procedures, stable performance, and automatic adaptability to various pupil configurations. The system was tested during an engineering run in late July 2002 at the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station one-meter telescope. Weather prevented extensive testing and the seeing during the run was marginal but a sufficient opportunity was provided for proof-of-concept, initial characterization of closed loop performance, and to start addressing some of the most pressing engineering and scientific issues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479725
Show Author Affiliations
Sergio R. Restaino, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Don M. Payne, Narrascape (United States)
Jeffrey T. Baker, Baker Adaptive Optics (United States)
Ty Martinez, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Michael DiVittorio, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
David Mozurkewich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey Friedman, Univ. of Puerto Rico/Mayaguez (Puerto Rico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4838:
Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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