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The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope mount assembly
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Paper Abstract

When constructed on the summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui, Hawaii, the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) will be the world's largest solar telescope. The ATST is a unique design that utilizes a state-of-the-art off-axis Gregorian optical layout with five reflecting mirrors delivering light to a Nasmyth instrument rotator, and nine reflecting mirrors delivering light to an instrument suite located on a large diameter rotating coude lab. The design of the telescope mount structure, which supports and positions the mirrors and scientific instruments, has presented noteworthy challenges to the ATST engineering staff. Several novel design solutions, as well as adaptations of existing telescope technologies to the ATST application, are presented in this paper. Also shown are plans for the control system and drives of the structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62673C (23 June 2006);
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Mark Warner, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Myung Cho, New Initiatives Office, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (United States)
Bret Goodrich, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Eric Hansen, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Rob Hubbard, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Joon Pyo Lee, City of Lawton (United States)
Jeremy Wagner, National Solar Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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