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29 August 2006 A lightweight adaptive telescope
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Adaptive optics systems are commonly added onto conventional astronomical telescopes to improve the wavefront quality in the presence of atmospheric turbulence. Recent successes in the development of carbon fiber reinforced polymer telescopes have significantly reduced the weight of meter class telescopes making them portable, however, most adaptive optics systems continue to be constructed on large optical benches. The Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer is developing several 1.4 m portable telescope with internal wavefront correction. As part of this upgrade, a prototype 0.4 m aperture telescope has been constructed and a light weight, compact adaptive optics system is being developed. We present in this paper the design of an adaptive optics system for the lightweight telescope. The key to this system is the incorporation of a compact wavefront correction device and a novel collimation optic within the base of the telescope.
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Scott W. Teare, Ty Martinez, Jonathan R. Andrews, Christopher C. Wilcox, Sergio R. Restaino, Robert Romeo, Robert Martin, and Don M. Payne "A lightweight adaptive telescope", Proc. SPIE 6306, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications IV, 630609 (29 August 2006);


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