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Handling and transporting the 8.4-m mirrors for the Large Binocular Telescope
Author(s): Warren B. Davison; Stephen H. Warner; Joseph T. Williams; Randall D. Lutz; John M. Hill; Jim H. Slagle
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Paper Abstract

The Large Binocular Telescope has two 8.4 meter mirrors, one of which is now in the telescope. Handling and moving the 8.4-meter honeycomb mirrors calls for moving 16 metric ton mirrors while maintaining very low stresses. We have now handled the first LBT mirror off the furnace, turned on edge, cleaned out, turned upside down, on the grinder, turned again, put on a polishing cell, moved under the polishing machine, lifted with a vacuum lifting fixture, moved to the telescope cell, to a transportation box, down the highway, onto a multi-axle trailer on edge, up Mount Graham, into the telescope building, back into the telescope cell and up through a hatch onto the telescope itself. The second LBT mirror is in the polishing stage. We have designed and manufactured many pieces of specialized equipment to handle the task. This equipment must be able to handle the mirrors without exceeding 0.7 MPa (100 psi) stress in the glass.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5495, Astronomical Structures and Mechanisms Technology, (29 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.549808
Show Author Affiliations
Warren B. Davison, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Stephen H. Warner, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Joseph T. Williams, Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Randall D. Lutz, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
John M. Hill, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jim H. Slagle, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5495:
Astronomical Structures and Mechanisms Technology
Joseph Antebi; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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