28 September 2004 The new MMT
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Originally commissioned in 1979, the Multiple Mirror Telescope was a highly innovative and successful facility that pioneered many of the technologies that are used in the new generation of 8 to 10 m class telescopes. After 19 years of operations the MMT was decommissioned in March of 1998: the enclosure was modified, the optics support structure was replaced, and a single 6.5-meter primary mirror was installed and aluminized in-situ. First light for the new MMT was celebrated on May 13, 2000. Operations began with an f/9 optical configuration compatible with existing instruments. Work has continued commissioning two new optical configurations that will serve a suite of new instruments: an f/15 deformable secondary mirror and adaptive optics facility that has obtained diffraction-limited images; and an f/5.4 secondary mirror and refractive corrector that provides a one-degree diameter field of view. The wide-field instrument suite includes two fiber-fed bench spectrographs, a robotic fiber positioner, and a wide-field imaging camera.
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Dan Blanco, Dan Blanco, Michael Alegria, Michael Alegria, Shawn Callahan, Shawn Callahan, Dusty Clark, Dusty Clark, Brian Comisso, Brian Comisso, Craig B. Foltz, Craig B. Foltz, J. Duane Gibson, J. Duane Gibson, Carol Heller, Carol Heller, Ron James, Ron James, Bill Kindred, Bill Kindred, Steve King, Steve King, Cory Knop, Cory Knop, Howard Lester, Howard Lester, John McAfee, John McAfee, Alejandra A. E. Milone, Alejandra A. E. Milone, Ricardo Ortiz, Ricardo Ortiz, Timothy E. Pickering, Timothy E. Pickering, Phil Ritz, Phil Ritz, Barbara Russ, Barbara Russ, Gary Schmidt, Gary Schmidt, Dennis Smith, Dennis Smith, Peter Spencer, Peter Spencer, Tom Trebisky, Tom Trebisky, Ken Van Horn, Ken Van Horn, Steven C. West, Steven C. West, Court Wainwright, Court Wainwright, Grant Williams, Grant Williams, J. T. Williams, J. T. Williams, } "The new MMT", Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551963; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.551963


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