1 July 1990 MMT conversion: a status report
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The project to enlarge the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) to a 6.5 m single primary mirror telescope is described. The goal is to provide a telescope which is competitive with the existing MMT in tracking and pointing performance (0.2 and 1.0 arcseconds, respectively) but has more than twice the light gathering power and 15 times the angular field of view. The existing mount and building will be used with minor modifications so that the cost of the project is relatively modest. Casting of the 6.5 m mirror is scheculed in early 1991 and first light in late 1993.
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Frederic H. Chaffee, Frederic H. Chaffee, Daniel R. Blanco, Daniel R. Blanco, Craig B. Foltz, Craig B. Foltz, Clinton C. Janes, Clinton C. Janes, Howard N. Lester, Howard N. Lester, Anthony D. Poyner, Anthony D. Poyner, Joseph T. Williams, Joseph T. Williams, Stephen C. Criswell, Stephen C. Criswell, Daniel G. Fabricant, Daniel G. Fabricant, Gary D. Schmidt, Gary D. Schmidt, "MMT conversion: a status report", Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19221; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.19221


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