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17 September 2012 New Fraunhofer Telescope Wendelstein: assembly, installation, and current status
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Due to the exposed location of the Wendelstein observatory on the steep summit of mount Wendelstein no road exists to transport telescope components and heavy equipment to the observatory in order to install the new 2m Fraunhofer Telescope Wendelstein (FTW) in its new dome. A two step installation concept was therefore followed to mitigate any risks that essential hardware would not work once installed on the mountain. This paper reports on the telescope factory assembly and tests, including on-sky tests, which were performed in early summer 2011 at the factory site to make sure, that the telescope and all essential subsystems are working properly before the telescope would be installed on the mountain. The telescope was disassembled again to be transported to the mountain in summer. Lifting of all structural subsystems and the optics up to the mountain observatory with the help of a heavy lift helicopter will be presented in detail, also looking at specific design drivers, logistic aspects and special tools for installation of the telescope and its mirrors in its new dome. Handling and transport concept for the M1 mirror installation, which also will have to be used when the mirror is disassembled for recoating, are presented. Up to end of 2011 the telescope installation and pre-alignment could be completed including first on-sky tests. The system will undergo a detailed performance test campaign in the first halve of 2012. Current performance results of these commissioning activities will be reported.
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Hans Thiele, Nancy Ageorges, Dirk Kampf, Mike Hartl, Sebastian Egner, Peter Aniol, Micheal Ruder, Christian Abfalter, Ulrich Hopp, Ralf Bender, Claus Gössl, Frank Grupp, Florian Lang-Bardl, and Wolfgang Mitsch "New Fraunhofer Telescope Wendelstein: assembly, installation, and current status", Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84441B (17 September 2012);


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