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Multi-Application Solar Telescope: assembly, integration, and testing
Author(s): Stefan Denis; Pierre Coucke; Eric Gabriel; Christophe Delrez; Parameshwaran Venkatakrishnan
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Paper Abstract

The Multi-Application Solar Telescope (MAST) is a 50 cm diameter class telescope to be installed by AMOS on the Udaipur Solar Observatory's Island on the Lake Fatehsagar in India. Despite its limited size, the telescope is expected to be competitive with respect to worldwide large and costly projects thanks to its versatility regarding science goals and due to its demanding optomechanical and thermal specification. This paper describes the latest, on-going and forthcoming activities, including factory assembly, integration and testing, followed by on-site installation and commissioning activities. Emphasis is put on the highly demanding thermal control of the telescope, showing development and results for the specific techniques employed on this purpose. Other key features also depicted are the unusual tracking and alignment control solutions on such a specific science target like the Sun.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2010
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 773335 (4 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858007
Show Author Affiliations
Stefan Denis, AMOS SA (Belgium)
Pierre Coucke, AMOS SA (Belgium)
Eric Gabriel, AMOS SA (Belgium)
Christophe Delrez, AMOS SA (Belgium)
Parameshwaran Venkatakrishnan, Udaipur Solar Observatory (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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