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The SALT mirror mount: a high-performance low-cost mount for segmented mirrors
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Paper Abstract

Segmented mirror telescopes take advantage of modular design to achieve large apertures at low cost. This paper describes the segment mount developed for the Southern African Large Telescope. The mount provides passive precision support for the optics, kinematic registration to the primary mirror truss, precision tip-tilt and piston adjustments, and interchangeability between segments and mounts. A trial production run of mounts is now in fabrication prior to full production of 91 units needed to populate the SALT primary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4840, Future Giant Telescopes, (30 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459866
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel R. Blanco, EOS Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Gordon Pentland, EOS Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Edward G. Winrow, EOS Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Kerry Rebeske, EOS Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Jian Swiegers, South African Astronomical Observatory (United States)
Kobous G. Meiring, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4840:
Future Giant Telescopes
J. Roger P. Angel; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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