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Tracking system of 2m LAMOST-style telescope for the Antarctic Plateau
Author(s): Bozhong Gu; Guomin Wang; Xiang Jiang; Heng Zuo
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Paper Abstract

The South Pole, especially the highest plateau Dome A, is the best place to locate telescopes in the world due to its compelling environment, such as dry air, low humidity, low wind speeds, low values of sky noise, etc. For this site, especially significant is its very clean air with the lowest concentration of atmospheric aerosols and its negligible artificial light pollution. But the air temperature in Dome-A is extremely low. The lowest air temperature is about 89 degrees below zero. On the other hand, Dome A is covered with deep snow. In order to build and operate a telescope at such low temperature successfully, some of the problems caused by low temperature should be considered and tested through experiments. According to the Chinese Antarctic 2m LAMOST-style telescope project, a conceptual design of tracking system for a 2 meter optical and infrared telescope fitting to operate at Dome-A, including axes structure, materials, drive systems, lubricant and feasible ways to install telescope will be discussed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6273, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 627330 (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670813
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Bozhong Gu, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)
Guomin Wang, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)
Xiang Jiang, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)
Heng Zuo, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6273:
Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Joseph Antebi; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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