1 July 1990 Detail design problems and their solutions: Apache Point Observatory 3.5-m telescope
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The present evaluation of the design philosophy of the Apache Point Observatory's 3.5-m altazimuth-fork mount telescope gives attention to such detail-design problems as the mirror-cover system, the upper azimuth bearing and support system, and the spherical bearing mountings. A four-roller constraint for the upper azimuth bearing and support system proved to be a superior design solution than the originally intended two-roller constraint. A cone-shaped structure on the lower fork defines the azimuth axis; the center of the drive disk defines the top end of the axis while the spherical roller thrust bearing defines the lower end.
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Steven M. Gunnels, "Detail design problems and their solutions: Apache Point Observatory 3.5-m telescope", Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19255; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.19255
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