1 June 1994 Design of the Magellan Project 6.5-meter telescope: telescope structure and mechanical systems
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The Magellan Project 6.5 Meter Telescope is an alt-azimuth Tripod-Disk design currently under construction. The telescope, which is a joint project of the Carnegie Observatories and the University of Arizona, will be located at the Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. An overview of the structural design, including its evolutionary history, is presented. In addition, two critical mechanical systems which have been prototyped and tested are described. The direct friction drives are used on the telescope main axes and instrument rotators. The vane-end actuator system is used to maintain collimation and focus on any of the four secondary mirror assemblies for which the system is designed.
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Steven M. Gunnels, David Carr, "Design of the Magellan Project 6.5-meter telescope: telescope structure and mechanical systems", Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176208; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.176208
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