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Status and performance of the Discovery Channel Telescope during commissioning
Author(s): Stephen E. Levine; Thomas A. Bida; Tomas Chylek; Peter L. Collins; William T. DeGroff; Edward W. Dunham; Paul J. Lotz; Alexander J. Venetiou; Saeid Zoonemat Kermani
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Paper Abstract

Lowell Observatory's Discovery Channel Telescope is a 4.3m telescope designed for optical and near infrared astronomical observation. At first light, the telescope will have a cube capable of carrying five instruments and the wave front sensing and guider system at the f/6.1 RC focus. The corrected RC focus field of view is 30’ in diameter. Nasmyth and prime focus can be instrumented subsequently. Early commissioning work with the installed primary mirror and its support system started out using one of the wave front sensing probes mounted at prime focus, and has continued at RC with the recent installation of the secondary mirror. We will report on the on-sky pointing and tracking performance of the telescope, initial assessment of the functionality of the active optics support system, and tests of the early image quality of the telescope and optics. We will also describe the suite of first light instruments, and early science operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 844419 (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926415
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen E. Levine, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Thomas A. Bida, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Tomas Chylek, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Peter L. Collins, Lowell Observatory (United States)
William T. DeGroff, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Edward W. Dunham, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Paul J. Lotz, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Alexander J. Venetiou, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Saeid Zoonemat Kermani, Lowell Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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