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1 June 1994 Status of the Galileo National Telescope
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The Project Telescopio Nazionale GALILEO (TNG) will provide a 3.5-m telescope for the Italian astronomical community. Its main features closely parallel those of the ESO New Technology Telescope (NNT). We describe here its characteristics and its most important differences with respect to the NTT. The figuring of the three mirrors was successfully completed, with results exceeding the specifications. The telescope structure has been assembled in the workshop, and alignment tests are under way. The control system (motors, encoders, VME and workstation environment) is also in an advanced stage of development. The TNG will be part of the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, in the Canary Islands. Its location is on the West side of the mountain, some 400-m from the NOT; excavation works are already well advanced. Civil works should be finished in the course of the current year. It is expected to complete the rotating building, and the erection of the telescope before the end of 1995, to start regular operations in 1996.
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