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The solid telescope as answer to specic application requirements
Author(s): Alberto Riva; Mario Gai
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Paper Abstract

Modern astronomical instrumentation is often developed through non traditional congurations and free form optics. Recent technological development allows the manufacturing of exotic surfaces, sometimes very far away from rotationally symmetric geometries. We propose new developments of the solid telescope concept using multiple re ections between the faces of a single lens. Taking advantage of modern materials and manufacturing solutions, a compact, robust, and easily replicable optical subsystem could represent an optimal solution for small telescopes tailored to specic applications. In this paper we describe the solution for an instrument devoted to the fast transients detection and tracking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8450, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 845008 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926094
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Alberto Riva, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino (Italy)
Mario Gai, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8450:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Ramón Navarro; Colin R. Cunningham; Eric Prieto, Editor(s)

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