29 June 2000 NPT: a large-aperture telescope for high dynamic range astronomy
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All existing night-time astronomical telescopes, regardless of aperture, are blind to an important part of the universe - the region around bright objects. Technology now exist to build an unobscured 6.5 m aperture telescope which will attain coronagraphic sensitivity heretofore unachieved. A working group hosted by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy has developed plans for a New Planetary Telescope which will permit astronomical observations which have never before ben possible. In its narrow-field mode the off-axis optical design, combined with adaptive optics, provides superb coronagraphic capabilities, and a very low thermal IR background. These make it ideal for studies of extra-solar planets and circumstellar discs, as well as for general IR astronomy. In its wide-field mode the NPT provides a 2 degree diameter field for surveys of Kuiper Belt Objects and Near-Earth Objects, surveys central to current intellectual interests in solar system astronomy.
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Robert D. Joseph, Robert D. Joseph, Jeff R. Kuhn, Jeff R. Kuhn, Alan T. Tokunaga, Alan T. Tokunaga, Roy Coulter, Roy Coulter, Christ Ftaclas, Christ Ftaclas, J. Elon Graves, J. Elon Graves, Charles L. Hull, Charles L. Hull, D. Jewitt, D. Jewitt, Donald L. Mickey, Donald L. Mickey, Gilberto Moretto, Gilberto Moretto, Doug Neill, Doug Neill, Malcolm J. Northcott, Malcolm J. Northcott, Claude A. Roddier, Claude A. Roddier, Francois J. Roddier, Francois J. Roddier, Walter A. Siegmund, Walter A. Siegmund, Tobias C. Owen, Tobias C. Owen, } "NPT: a large-aperture telescope for high dynamic range astronomy", Proc. SPIE 4005, Discoveries and Research Prospects from 8- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes, (29 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390156; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.390156
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