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Hydrostatic bearing arrangement for high stiffness support of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Author(s): Douglas R. Neill; Victor L. Krabbendam; Mario Romero; Karl-Olof Olsson; Thomas G. Benigni
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Paper Abstract

Meeting the stringent slew and settling requirements of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will require an exceptionally stiff mount. The unique three mirror design and large, 64 cm diameter, focal plane preclude the use of a fast steering mirror or active focal plane. Consequently, a smooth (low vibrations) drive and bearing system is also required. This combination of smooth motion and high stiffness is best achieved with hydrostatic bearings. Hydrostatic bearings have historically proven use for the support of azimuth and elevation axes of telescopes due to these performance advantages. In addition to the known benefit of mount stiffness and tracking accuracy from exceedingly low friction, the hydrostatic bearing provides a wide range of geometric possibilities for large telescopes, reference 1. This paper analyzes various bearing arrangements for the azimuth and elevation axes of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to conceptualize the greatest stiffness for the mount and provide data to determine system performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70184E (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790075
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas R. Neill, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Victor L. Krabbendam, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Mario Romero, SKF Sverige AB (Sweden)
Karl-Olof Olsson, SKF Sverige AB (Sweden)
Thomas G. Benigni, SKF USA (United States)


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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