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30 January 2003 SALT mirror mount: a high performance, low cost mount for segmented mirrors
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Segmented mirror telescopes take advantage of modular design to achieve large apertures at low cost. This paper describes the segment mount developed for the Southern African Large Telescope. The mount provides passive precision support for the optics, kinematic registration to the primary mirror truss, precision tip-tilt and piston adjustments, and interchangeability between segments and mounts. A trial production run of mounts is now in fabrication prior to full production of 91 units needed to populate the SALT primary.
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Daniel R. Blanco, Gordon Pentland, Edward G. Winrow, Kerry Rebeske, Jian Swiegers, and Kobous G. Meiring "SALT mirror mount: a high performance, low cost mount for segmented mirrors", Proc. SPIE 4840, Future Giant Telescopes, (30 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459866; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459866
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