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High-performance mount for the SOAR telescope project
Author(s): Kerstan G. Hermann; David S. Finley; Al Gienger
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Paper Abstract

The telescope mount is an important component for the success of the Southern Observatory for Astronomical Research (SOAR) scientific mission. The SOAR telescope structure must have the best combination of extremely high structural stiffness, low torque bearings, sophisticated encoder pick-offs and smooth drive trains so that the servo system can achieve closed loop control in the sub-arc second regime. While challenging, these parameters are achievable. Once assembled, this mount will enable the telescope to have superior image viewing quality and large payload capacities. This paper will address the telescope mount structure, drive system performance, structural analysis and thermal design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4004, Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning, (2 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393907
Show Author Affiliations
Kerstan G. Hermann, RSI Universal Antennas (United States)
David S. Finley, RSI Universal Antennas (United States)
Al Gienger, RSI Universal Antennas (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4004:
Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning
Thomas A. Sebring; Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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