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Innovative enclosure design for the MROI array telescopes
Author(s): Ifan Payne; GianPietro Marchiori; Andrea Busatta
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Paper Abstract

The Magdalena Ridge Interferometer (MROI) is a project which comprises an optical array of up to ten relocatable 1.4m telescopes arranged in a "Y" configuration. Each of these telescopes will be housed inside a Unit Telescope Enclosure (UTE) which can be lifted and moved onto any of 28 stations. This paper presents a general description of how the constraints imposed by the requirements for the close-pack configuration and relocatability led to the design of an innovative, compact and light-weight enclosure of small diameter and high structural strength. The unique internal layout gives sufficient space inside to house, not only to house the telescope mount, but also associated electronics, nasmyth table opto-mechanical equipment and beam relay system interface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 77391L (22 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858176
Show Author Affiliations
Ifan Payne, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
GianPietro Marchiori, European Industrial Engineering s.r.l. (Italy)
Andrea Busatta, European Industrial Engineering s.r.l. (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7739:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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