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The Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) Top Box
Author(s): Daniel R. Blanco; Clinton C. Janes; John W. Montgomery; David B. Ouellette; Frank H Sharp
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Paper Abstract

So named because it resides on top of the focal plane instrument, the MMT top box is a two-level optical bench with many remotely controlled features which can be configured for experimental use of the MMT. It houses the relay optics and television cameras for focusing, coaligning and guiding the six telescopes of the MMT, as well as the integrating sphere, filter wheel, Hartmann mask wheel, and relay optics of the comparison source for instrumental calibration. It also provides a rigid mounting platform for research instruments as well as special fixtures for telescope tests and collimation. In accommodating these tasks the top box incorporates several novel features which may interest designers of other large telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 1986
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0628, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes III, (20 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.963507
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel R. Blanco, Smithsonian Institution/University of Arizona (United States)
Clinton C. Janes, Smithsonian Institution/University of Arizona (United States)
John W. Montgomery, Smithsonian Institution/University of Arizona (United States)
David B. Ouellette, Smithsonian Institution/University of Arizona (United States)
Frank H Sharp, Smithsonian Institution/University of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0628:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes III
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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