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Design and construction of the VLT primary mirror cell: support of the large, thin primary mirror
Author(s): Stefano Stanghellini; P. Legrand; A. Baty; Thierry Hovsepian
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Paper Abstract

The primary mirror cell of the very large telescope supports the primary mirror, the tertiary tower and mirror, and the Cassegrain instrumentation. Stringent requirements have been set to achieve the desired image quality, flexibility of use, and the necessary mirror safety. This paper describes the most important requirements set on the system and some of the design solutions which were chosen.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.269053
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Stefano Stanghellini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
P. Legrand, GIAT Industries (France)
A. Baty, GIAT Industries (France)
Thierry Hovsepian, SFIM Industries (France)


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

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