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A large reflective Schmidt telescope for the Antarctic plateau
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Paper Abstract

We present a design concept for a 16 metre, wide-field, fixed-axis, all-reflective, segmented f/4 Schmidt telescope to take advantage of the unique possibilities of Antarctica for both optical and near infrared astronomy. The design allows observation of all RA/dec's accessible from Antarctica, with tracking times of several hours. Prime and Cassegrain foci are provided, giving plate scales 300-3000microns/", over fields of view 1.5'-0.5°. Diffraction limited, natural guide-star AO-corrected Kdark images are possible over arc-minute sized fields, over 70% of the sky. The sensitivity, resolution, field of view and cost all compare favourably with current or proposed space or ground-based telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550870
Show Author Affiliations
Will Saunders, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Andrew J. McGrath, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5489:
Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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