28 July 2010 The Discovery Channel Telescope: early integration
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The Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is a 4.3-meter astronomical research telescope being built in northern Arizona as a partnership between Discovery Communications and Lowell Observatory. The telescope will be able to support substantial instrument payloads at Cassegrain, Nasmyth, and prime foci, and high observing cadences. The first-light configuration will be as an f/6.1 Ritchey-Chrétien at Cassegrain with a 30 arc-minute field-of-view. Major facility work is complete, and the telescope is currently in the integration phase with first-light anticipated in 2011. We present an overview of the design and progress to date, and include plans for final integration, commissioning, and early science.
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Byron Smith, Byron Smith, Tomas Chylek, Tomas Chylek, Bill DeGroff, Bill DeGroff, David Finley, David Finley, Jeffrey Hall, Jeffrey Hall, Paul J. Lotz, Paul J. Lotz, Brad McCreight, Brad McCreight, Alexander Venetiou, Alexander Venetiou, } "The Discovery Channel Telescope: early integration", Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77330A (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858046; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858046
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