1 June 1994 W.M. Keck Telescope phasing camera system
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The segmented design of the W. M. Keck Telescope primary mirror places several unique demands upon the alignment and adjustment of the telescope optics. These include: (1) careful determination of the optical figures of individual segments (to provide input data for warping harness adjustment), (2) control of the two tilt degrees of freedom for each of the thirty-six primary mirror segments, and (3) phasing or control of the piston degree of freedom for each of these segments. In addition, (4) the proper alignment of the secondary with respect to the primary, although it is a requirement common to monolithic and segmented telescopes alike, is a more subtle and complicated task for the latter because the optic axis of the primary is not readily defined. These four tasks are performed at Keck by the Phasing Camera System.
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Gary A. Chanan, Jerry E. Nelson, Terry S. Mast, Peter L. Wizinowich, and Barbara A. Schaefer "W.M. Keck Telescope phasing camera system", Proc. SPIE 2198, Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176697; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.176697


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