Translator Disclaimer
28 September 2004 The Large Binocular Telescope project
Author Affiliations +
Abstract
The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) Project is a collaboration between institutions in Arizona, Germany, Italy, and Ohio. The telescope uses two 8.4-meter diameter primary mirrors mounted side-by-side to produce a collecting area equivalent to an 11.8-meter circular aperture. A unique feature of LBT is that the light from the two primary mirrors can be combined to produce phased array imaging of an extended field. This coherent imaging gives the telescope the diffraction-limited resolution of a 22.65-meter telescope. The first of two 8.4-meter borosilicate honeycomb primary mirrors has been installed in the telescope on Mt. Graham in southeastern Arizona. First Light is planned for later this year with one primary mirror and a prime focus imager. The second of the two primaries is being polished at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab in Tucson and will be installed in the telescope in the Fall of 2005. The telescope uses two F/15 adaptive secondaries to correct atmospheric turbulence.
© (2004) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
John M. Hill and Piero Salinari "The Large Binocular Telescope project", Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550556; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550556
PROCEEDINGS
12 PAGES


SHARE
Advertisement
Advertisement
RELATED CONTENT

Telescope performance at the Large Binocular Telescope
Proceedings of SPIE (July 26 2016)
The new MMT
Proceedings of SPIE (September 27 2004)
The Large Binocular Telescope
Proceedings of SPIE (July 28 2010)
The Large Binocular Telescope project
Proceedings of SPIE (February 03 2003)
The Discovery Channel Telescope: early integration
Proceedings of SPIE (July 28 2010)

Back to Top