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Design Of The Apache Point Observatory 3.5m Telescope III. Primary Mirror Support System
Author(s): Edward J. Mannery; Walter A. Siegmund; M. Thomas Hull
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Paper Abstract

We describe a system of pneumatic piston mirror supports for use in an altitude over azimuth telescope which react to gravity and wind loading. A pressure controller provides dynamic compensation of variable wind loading and changes in the gravity loading as a result of altitude angle changes. An active air circulation system which ventilates every honeycomb cell can be implemented without interference from the mirror supports. The system can be expanded in principle to accomodate 8 m honeycomb mirrors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0628, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes III, (20 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.963555
Show Author Affiliations
Edward J. Mannery, University of Washington (United States)
Walter A. Siegmund, University of Washington (United States)
M. Thomas Hull, University of Washington (United States)


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

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