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Status of the Galileo National Telescope
Author(s): Cesare Barbieri; Rajiv K. Bhatia; Carlotta Bonoli; Fabio Bortoletto; Adriana Ciani; Paolo Conconi; Maurizio D'Alessandro; D. Fantinel; Dario Mancini; A. Maurizio; Sergio Ortolani; Mauro Pucillo; Piero Rafanelli; Roberto Ragazzoni; Marcella Zambon; V. Zitelli
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Paper Abstract

The Project Telescopio Nazionale GALILEO (TNG) will provide a 3.5-m telescope for the Italian astronomical community. Its main features closely parallel those of the ESO New Technology Telescope (NNT). We describe here its characteristics and its most important differences with respect to the NTT. The figuring of the three mirrors was successfully completed, with results exceeding the specifications. The telescope structure has been assembled in the workshop, and alignment tests are under way. The control system (motors, encoders, VME and workstation environment) is also in an advanced stage of development. The TNG will be part of the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, in the Canary Islands. Its location is on the West side of the mountain, some 400-m from the NOT; excavation works are already well advanced. Civil works should be finished in the course of the current year. It is expected to complete the rotating building, and the erection of the telescope before the end of 1995, to start regular operations in 1996.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176189
Show Author Affiliations
Cesare Barbieri, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Rajiv K. Bhatia, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Carlotta Bonoli, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Fabio Bortoletto, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Adriana Ciani, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Paolo Conconi, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Maurizio D'Alessandro, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
D. Fantinel, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Dario Mancini, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
A. Maurizio, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Sergio Ortolani, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Mauro Pucillo, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Piero Rafanelli, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Roberto Ragazzoni, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
Marcella Zambon, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)
V. Zitelli, Vicolo Osservatorio (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2199:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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