27 August 1999 Optical alignment of the Galileo telescope: results and on-sky test before active optics final tuning
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Optical alignment is a crucial step in the commitment of a telescope. The accuracy in which it is accomplished has a deep impact in the future life of the telescope. The Galileo Telescope, sited in La Palma, is a 3.58 meters telescope with active optics and has recently undergone its final optical alignment. The result of the alignment, obtained in the so-called 'passive' mode, that is just before switching- on the active optics system, are here presented. The alignment consisted in the definitions of the mechanical axes of the structure and mirrors supports and of the optical axis of the entire telescope, using three high precision alignment telescopes and their relative targets. The final step has been to take some images on the sky looking at point like objects and to measure the point spread function in terms of full width at half maximum. The first star imaged in our 'passive alignment' test on the sky had a FWHM of 0.8 arcsec, well inside the range of the active optics system correction, making it totally usable for the following fine-tuning of the optics.
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Claudio Pernechele, Claudio Pernechele, Fabio Bortoletto, Fabio Bortoletto, Andrea Cavazza, Andrea Cavazza, Adriano Ghedina, Adriano Ghedina, Franco Paulli, Franco Paulli, Roberto Ragazzoni, Roberto Ragazzoni, } "Optical alignment of the Galileo telescope: results and on-sky test before active optics final tuning", Proc. SPIE 3737, Design and Engineering of Optical Systems II, (27 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360055; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.360055
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