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Optical Design And Instrumentation Of The Keck Observatory
Author(s): Jerry E. Nelson; Terry S. Mast
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Paper Abstract

The Keck Observatory Ten Meter Telescope has a Ritchey-Chretien optical design which maximizes the field of view for an f/15 focus at about 20 arcminutes. An f/25 infrared focus provides a 9 arcminute field. The optical design and the optical tolerances will provide 0.5 arcsecond images (80% enclosed energy diameter) over these fields of view. This is equivalent to 0.25 arcsecond FWHM seeing conditions. Instrumentation is designed to allow for rapid, semi-automatic instrument exchanges. At major foci, the instruments will be contained in interchangeable modules having a common weight and center of gravity that attach kinematically to the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 1986
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0628, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes III, (20 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.963531
Show Author Affiliations
Jerry E. Nelson, University of California (United States)
Terry S. Mast, University of California (United States)

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

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