21 July 2010 New paradigms for producing high-performing meter class ground-based telescopes
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Design-to-cost exercises and innovative design have resulted in remarkably high performing half-meter class wide field astronomical telescopes. This approach is being extended to meter+ class telescopes with further innovation on mounts and optics. Custom motors, drives and bearings have been developed to keep performance up and cost down. We will also report on a concurrent engineering campaign with Brashear Optics to ensure optical performance while maintaining the highest value for primary mirrors in our line of meter (and larger) class astronomical telescopes.
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Richard L. Hedrick, Allan Keller, Joseph Haberman, Kevin Iott, Tony B. Hull, Andrew R. Clarkson, Dave Rowe, Dan Gray, Russ Genet, "New paradigms for producing high-performing meter class ground-based telescopes", Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 77391Q (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857496; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857496


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