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Paper Abstract

In the near future ELTs (Extreme Large Telescopes) will be built. Preferably these telescopes should operate without obstructions in the near surrounding to reach optimal seeing conditions and avoid large turbulences with wind-gust accelerations around large obstacles. This applies also to future large solar telescopes. At present two foldable dome prototypes have been built on the Canary Islands: the Dutch Open Telescope (DOT, La Palma) and the GREGOR Telescope (Tenerife), having a diameter of 7 and 9 meter, respectively. The domes are usually fully retracted during observations. The research consists of measurements on the two domes. New camera systems are developed and placed inside the domes for precise dome deformation measurements within 0.1 mm over the whole dome size. Simultaneously, a variety of wind-speed and -direction sensors measure the wind field around the dome. In addition, fast sensitive air-pressure sensors placed on the supporting bows measure the wind pressure. The aim is to predict accurately the expected forces and deformations on up-scaled, fully retractable domes to make their construction more economically. The dimensions of 7 and 9 meter are large enough for realistic on-site tests in gusty wind and will give much more information than wind tunnel experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70181R (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788148
Show Author Affiliations
Aswin P. L. Jägers, Astronomical Institute, Utrecht Univ. (Netherlands)
Technology Foundation STW (Netherlands)
Guus Sliepen, Astronomical Institute, Utrecht Univ. (Netherlands)
Technology Foundation STW (Netherlands)
Felix C. M. Bettonvil, Astronomical Institute, Utrecht Univ. (Netherlands)
Technology Foundation STW (Netherlands)
Robert H. Hammerschlag, Astronomical Institute, Utrecht Univ. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7018:
Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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