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Progress on the New York State Observatory: a new 12-meter astronomical telescope
Author(s): T. Sebring; C. O'Dea; S. Baum; J. Teran; N. Loewen; C. Stutzki; R. Egerman; G. Bonomi
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Paper Abstract

Over the past two years, the New York Astronomical Corporation (NYAC), the business arm of the Astronomical Society of New York (ASNY), has continued planning and technical studies toward construction of a 12-meter class optical telescope for the use of all New York universities and research institutions. Four significant technical studies have been performed investigating design opportunities for the facility, the dome, the telescope optics, and the telescope mount. The studies were funded by NYAC and performed by companies who have provided these subsystems for large astronomical telescopes in the past. In each case, innovative and cost effective approaches were identified, developed, analyzed, and initial cost estimates developed. As a group, the studies show promise that this telescope could be built at historically low prices. As the project continues forward, NYAC intends to broaden the collaboration, pursue funding, to continue to develop the telescope and instrument designs, and to further define the scientific mission. The vision of a historically large telescope dedicated to all New York institutions continues to grow and find new adherents.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 91453D (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062884
Show Author Affiliations
T. Sebring, Xoptx LLC (United States)
C. O'Dea, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
S. Baum, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
J. Teran, M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. (United States)
N. Loewen, Dynamic Structures Ltd. (Canada)
C. Stutzki, Stutzki Engineering, Inc. (United States)
R. Egerman, Exelis Corp. (United States)
G. Bonomi, Ingersoll Machines Tools, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9145:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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