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NPT: a large-aperture telescope for high dynamic range astronomy
Author(s): Robert D. Joseph; Jeff R. Kuhn; Alan T. Tokunaga; Roy Coulter; Christ Ftaclas; J. Elon Graves; Charles L. Hull; D. Jewitt; Donald L. Mickey; Gilberto Moretto; Doug Neill; Malcolm J. Northcott; Claude A. Roddier; Francois J. Roddier; Walter A. Siegmund; Tobias C. Owen
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Paper Abstract

All existing night-time astronomical telescopes, regardless of aperture, are blind to an important part of the universe - the region around bright objects. Technology now exist to build an unobscured 6.5 m aperture telescope which will attain coronagraphic sensitivity heretofore unachieved. A working group hosted by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy has developed plans for a New Planetary Telescope which will permit astronomical observations which have never before ben possible. In its narrow-field mode the off-axis optical design, combined with adaptive optics, provides superb coronagraphic capabilities, and a very low thermal IR background. These make it ideal for studies of extra-solar planets and circumstellar discs, as well as for general IR astronomy. In its wide-field mode the NPT provides a 2 degree diameter field for surveys of Kuiper Belt Objects and Near-Earth Objects, surveys central to current intellectual interests in solar system astronomy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4005, Discoveries and Research Prospects from 8- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes, (29 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390156
Show Author Affiliations
Robert D. Joseph, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Jeff R. Kuhn, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Alan T. Tokunaga, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Roy Coulter, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Christ Ftaclas, Michigan Technical Univ. (United States)
J. Elon Graves, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Charles L. Hull, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (United States)
D. Jewitt, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Donald L. Mickey, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Gilberto Moretto, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United Kingdom)
Doug Neill, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Malcolm J. Northcott, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Claude A. Roddier, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Francois J. Roddier, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Walter A. Siegmund, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Tobias C. Owen, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4005:
Discoveries and Research Prospects from 8- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes
Jacqueline Bergeron, Editor(s)

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