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The new MMT
Author(s): Dan Blanco; Michael Alegria; Shawn Callahan; Dusty Clark; Brian Comisso; Craig B. Foltz; J. Duane Gibson; Carol Heller; Ron James; Bill Kindred; Steve King; Cory Knop; Howard Lester; John McAfee; Alejandra A. E. Milone; Ricardo Ortiz; Timothy E. Pickering; Phil Ritz; Barbara Russ; Gary Schmidt; Dennis Smith; Peter Spencer; Tom Trebisky; Ken Van Horn; Steven C. West; Court Wainwright; Grant Williams; J. T. Williams
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Paper Abstract

Originally commissioned in 1979, the Multiple Mirror Telescope was a highly innovative and successful facility that pioneered many of the technologies that are used in the new generation of 8 to 10 m class telescopes. After 19 years of operations the MMT was decommissioned in March of 1998: the enclosure was modified, the optics support structure was replaced, and a single 6.5-meter primary mirror was installed and aluminized in-situ. First light for the new MMT was celebrated on May 13, 2000. Operations began with an f/9 optical configuration compatible with existing instruments. Work has continued commissioning two new optical configurations that will serve a suite of new instruments: an f/15 deformable secondary mirror and adaptive optics facility that has obtained diffraction-limited images; and an f/5.4 secondary mirror and refractive corrector that provides a one-degree diameter field of view. The wide-field instrument suite includes two fiber-fed bench spectrographs, a robotic fiber positioner, and a wide-field imaging camera.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551963
Show Author Affiliations
Dan Blanco, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Michael Alegria, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Shawn Callahan, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Dusty Clark, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Brian Comisso, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Craig B. Foltz, National Science Foundation (United States)
J. Duane Gibson, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Carol Heller, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Ron James, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Bill Kindred, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Steve King, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Cory Knop, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Howard Lester, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
John McAfee, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Alejandra A. E. Milone, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Ricardo Ortiz, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Timothy E. Pickering, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Phil Ritz, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Barbara Russ, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Gary Schmidt, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Dennis Smith, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Peter Spencer, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Tom Trebisky, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Ken Van Horn, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Steven C. West, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Court Wainwright, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Grant Williams, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)
J. T. Williams, MMT Observatory, Smithsonian Institution and Univ. of Arizona (United States)


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

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