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The Pan-STARRS PS4 telescope suite
Author(s): Jeffrey S. Morgan; William Burgett; Jose U. Teran
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Paper Abstract

The Pan-STARRS project is planning to build a suite of four telescopes (PS4) on the summit of Mauna Kea at the site of the current University of Hawaii 2.2-m telescope. These telescopes will have the goal of surveying the entire sky visible from a single site in 5 colors (g, r, i, z, and y) on the time scale of approximately 1 week at a spatial resolution limited primarily by the quality of the site. To accomplish this task each of these four telescopes will be equipped with a Giga-Pixel camera, a camera shutter, and a 6 filter mechanism. A prototype telescope for this project (PS1) that includes all of these subsystems is already under going commissioning. The project is currently involved in developing the Environmental Impact Statement that is required to build the PS4 array of telescopes. We give an overview here of the scientific goals, the instrumentation package, the telescope design, and the enclosure design for the PS4 system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 70122R (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788437
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey S. Morgan, Pan-STARRS, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
William Burgett, Pan-STARRS, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Jose U. Teran, M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7012:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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