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25 October 2004 Status of the NGS adaptive optic system at the MMT Telescope
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The Natural Guide Star (NGS) Adaptive Optics System at the MMT Telescope (MMTAO) on Mt. Hopkins in Southern Arizona is the first in the world to use the secondary mirror as the correcting deformable mirror. Its 2.0 mm thin shell mirror, whose shape is controlled by 336 voice coil actuators, allows for nearly maximum throughput of light into the science camera. With several more deformable secondary mirrors coming online in the next few years, the lessons learned building, characterizing and operating the MMT Adaptive Optic System has proven to be quite valuable. These lessons will be discussed as well as future plans for the MMTAO System.
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Douglas L. Miller, Guido Brusa, Matthew A. Kenworthy, Philip M. Hinz, and Don L. Fisher "Status of the NGS adaptive optic system at the MMT Telescope", Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552478
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