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New paradigms for producing high-performing meter class ground-based telescopes
Author(s): Richard L. Hedrick; Allan Keller; Joseph Haberman; Kevin Iott; Tony B. Hull; Andrew R. Clarkson; Dave Rowe; Dan Gray; Russ Genet
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Paper Abstract

Design-to-cost exercises and innovative design have resulted in remarkably high performing half-meter class wide field astronomical telescopes. This approach is being extended to meter+ class telescopes with further innovation on mounts and optics. Custom motors, drives and bearings have been developed to keep performance up and cost down. We will also report on a concurrent engineering campaign with Brashear Optics to ensure optical performance while maintaining the highest value for primary mirrors in our line of meter (and larger) class astronomical telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2010
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 77391Q (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857496
Show Author Affiliations
Richard L. Hedrick, PlaneWave Instruments (United States)
Allan Keller, PlaneWave Instruments (United States)
Joseph Haberman, PlaneWave Instruments (United States)
Kevin Iott, PlaneWave Instruments (United States)
Tony B. Hull, L-3 Communications Tinsley Labs. Inc. (United States)
Andrew R. Clarkson, L-3 Brashear (United States)
Dave Rowe, Sierra Monolithics, Inc. (United States)
Dan Gray, Sidereal Technology (United States)
Russ Genet, Consultant (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7739:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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