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The Discovery Channel Telescope: early integration
Author(s): Byron Smith; Tomas Chylek; Bill DeGroff; David Finley; Jeffrey Hall; Paul J. Lotz; Brad McCreight; Alexander Venetiou
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Paper Abstract

The Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is a 4.3-meter astronomical research telescope being built in northern Arizona as a partnership between Discovery Communications and Lowell Observatory. The telescope will be able to support substantial instrument payloads at Cassegrain, Nasmyth, and prime foci, and high observing cadences. The first-light configuration will be as an f/6.1 Ritchey-Chrétien at Cassegrain with a 30 arc-minute field-of-view. Major facility work is complete, and the telescope is currently in the integration phase with first-light anticipated in 2011. We present an overview of the design and progress to date, and include plans for final integration, commissioning, and early science.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2010
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77330A (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858046
Show Author Affiliations
Byron Smith, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Tomas Chylek, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Bill DeGroff, Lowell Observatory (United States)
David Finley, General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies (United States)
Jeffrey Hall, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Paul J. Lotz, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Brad McCreight, General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies (United States)
Alexander Venetiou, Lowell Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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