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Kitt Peak National Observatory fiber actuator device
Author(s): Samuel Charles Barden; Andy C. Rudeen
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Paper Abstract

A robot for positioning fiber optics in the focal plane of the Mayall 4-meter telescope has been constructed at Kin Peak National Observatory (KPNO). This fiber actuator device (FAD) will position up to 100 fibers for multi-object spectroscopy over a 45 arc-minute field. The positioner is based upon the AUTOFIB concept which uses magnets to hold the fibers in place. We have incorporated a unique gripping mechanism which allows a TV camera to view both the fiber and sky simultaneously.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19136
Show Author Affiliations
Samuel Charles Barden, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)
Andy C. Rudeen, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1235:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VII
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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