7 August 2014 Fast active optics control of wide-field telescopes based on science image analysis
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We study a novel active optics control scheme at the VST on Cerro Paranal, an f/5:5 survey telescope with a 1x1 degree field of view and a 2.6m primary mirror. This scheme analyzes the elongation pattern of the star PSFs across the full science image (267 Mpixels) and compares their second moments with an analytical model based on 5th-order geometrical optics, comprising 9 degrees of freedom in mirror misalignments and deformations. Using a numerical optimization method, we can complete the star extraction and fitting process in under one minute, fast enough for effective closed-loop active optics control in survey observing cadences.
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R. Holzlöhner, R. Holzlöhner, A. Rakich, A. Rakich, L. Noethe, L. Noethe, K. Kuijken, K. Kuijken, P. Schipani, P. Schipani, } "Fast active optics control of wide-field telescopes based on science image analysis", Proc. SPIE 9151, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation, 91512I (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056121; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056121
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