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Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project
Author(s): C. Matt Mountain; Fred C. Gillett; Richard Kurz
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Paper Abstract

Construction of the Gemini Telescopes is underway. The first mirror blank has been completed, concrete piers on both Mauna Kea and Cerro Pachon have been poured, fabrication of the telescope structures has started and the erection of the first enclosures have begun. In this paper, we give a progress report on the Gemini 8-M Telescopes Project. In addition, we highlight some of the unique scientific characteristics of the Gemini Telescopes including our approach to image quality performance, the use infrared wavefront sensors, the development of silver coatings and our 'adaptable observing' system. The scientific performance of these telescopes will be heavily dependent on atmospheric conditions, Gemini will be allocating at least 50% of its observing time to 'queue scheduled observing.' The implications of adopting this novel observing mode on the design of the control system and on the telescope operations model are briefly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.269047
Show Author Affiliations
C. Matt Mountain, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Fred C. Gillett, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Richard Kurz, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)

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

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