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Completion of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) primary mirror system
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Paper Abstract

On completion by the end of 2004 the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) being erected in Sutherland, South Africa, will be the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. This paper addresses the process of designing, building and demonstrating a high performance primary mirror system for SALT that meets the overall telescope requirements. Throughout the process consideration was given to the fact that SALT is budget sensitive, which required careful allocation of funds among the various subsystems, innovative designs, and using COTS components where possible. The process delivered subsystems with a very high cost-performance ratio.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551410
Show Author Affiliations
Jian Swiegers, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Hitesh Gajjar, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)

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

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