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The Astronomical Telescope of New York: a new 12-meter astronomical telescope
Author(s): T. Sebring; R. Junquist; C. Stutzki; P. Sebring; S. Baum
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Paper Abstract

The Astronomical Corporation of New York has commissioned a study of a 12-meter class telescope to be developed by a group of NY universities. The telescope concept builds on the basic principles established by the Keck telescopes; segmented primary mirror, Ritchey Chretien Nasmyth instrument layout, and light weight structures. New, lightweight, and low cost approaches are proposed for the primary mirror architecture, dome structure and mechanisms, telescope mount approach, and adaptive optics. Work on the design is supported by several NY based corporations and universities. The design offers a substantially larger aperture than any existing Visible/IR wavelength telescope at historically low cost. The concept employs an adaptive secondary mirror and laser guide star adaptive optics. Two First Light instruments are proposed; A High resolution near infrared spectrograph and a near infrared Integral field spectrograph/imager.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84440X (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926998
Show Author Affiliations
T. Sebring, Xoptx LLC (United States)
R. Junquist, Optical Consultant (United States)
C. Stutzki, Stutzki Engineering, Inc. (United States)
P. Sebring, Sebring Mechanical Design (United States)
S. Baum, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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