21 July 2010 Innovative enclosure design for the MROI array telescopes
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The Magdalena Ridge Interferometer (MROI) is a project which comprises an optical array of up to ten relocatable 1.4m telescopes arranged in a "Y" configuration. Each of these telescopes will be housed inside a Unit Telescope Enclosure (UTE) which can be lifted and moved onto any of 28 stations. This paper presents a general description of how the constraints imposed by the requirements for the close-pack configuration and relocatability led to the design of an innovative, compact and light-weight enclosure of small diameter and high structural strength. The unique internal layout gives sufficient space inside to house, not only to house the telescope mount, but also associated electronics, nasmyth table opto-mechanical equipment and beam relay system interface.
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Ifan Payne, Ifan Payne, GianPietro Marchiori, GianPietro Marchiori, Andrea Busatta, Andrea Busatta, } "Innovative enclosure design for the MROI array telescopes", Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 77391L (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858176; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858176
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