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Progress at the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope
Author(s): Steve C. West; Robert H. Nagel; David Allen Harvey; A. Brar; B. Phillips; J. Ray; Thomas J. Trebisky; Richard H. Cromwell; Neville J. Woolf; Chris Corbally; R. Boyle; Daniel R. Blanco; L. Otten
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Paper Abstract

The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope incorporates a fast (f/1.0) borosilicate honeycomb primary mirror and an f/0.9 secondary in an aplanatic Gregorian optical configuration. We provide a brief technical and performance overview by describing the optical layout, the primary and secondary mirror systems, and the telescope drive and control system. Results from a high resolution wavefront sensor and a current wide-field image taken at the f/9 focus demonstrates the overall fine performance of the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.268968
Show Author Affiliations
Steve C. West, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Robert H. Nagel, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
David Allen Harvey, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
A. Brar, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
B. Phillips, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
J. Ray, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Thomas J. Trebisky, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Richard H. Cromwell, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Neville J. Woolf, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Chris Corbally, Vatican Observatory Research Group (United States)
R. Boyle, Vatican Observatory Research Group (United States)
Daniel R. Blanco, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
L. Otten, Univ. of Seattle (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2871:
Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow
Arne L. Ardeberg, Editor(s)

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