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Development of the ultralight medium-size telescope
Author(s): Mikio Kurita; Shuji Sato; Kunihiro Morishima; Hiroki Achiwa; Hitomi Ito; Tetsuya Nagata; Noriaki Noda; Nobuo Koiso
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Paper Abstract

We are developing an ultra-lightweight and inexpensive mid-sized telescope on an alt-azimuth mount. Utilizing commercially available truss elements and compact high precision bearings we are able to achieve significant weight and cost savings while maintaining mechanical strength and stability. The design features a structure integrating the mirror-cell and the altitude bearing's arc-rails coupled to a short-armed fork through R-Guide bearings. The fork sits on a turn-table providing rotation about the azimuth axis. The telescope-tube connects to an extension of the mirror-cell. The mount can carry a mirror of up to 3m in diameter, yet is only 5m from the bottom of the base to the top ring and weights only 5000kg without the primary mirror. Assembly of the mount was performed by three students in two weeks and within the budget of $80,000. We measured the altitude bearing's motion accuracy to be 0".07 (rms) at a constant speed of 2".2/s for 15 minutes in both forward and backward motion without any sign of hysteresis, stick-slip, or backlash.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5495, Astronomical Structures and Mechanisms Technology, (29 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.563385
Show Author Affiliations
Mikio Kurita, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Shuji Sato, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Kunihiro Morishima, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Hiroki Achiwa, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Hitomi Ito, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Tetsuya Nagata, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Noriaki Noda, Taiyo Kogyo Corp. (Japan)
Nobuo Koiso, THK Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5495:
Astronomical Structures and Mechanisms Technology
Joseph Antebi; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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