Telescopes that are designed for the unconventional imaging of near-Earth satellites must follow unique design rules. The costs must be reduced substantially over those of the conventional telescope designs, and the design must accommodate a technique to circumvent atmospheric distortion of the image. Apertures of 12 m and more along with altitude—altitude mounts that provide high tracking rates are required. A novel design for such a telescope, optimized for speckle imaging, has been generated. Its mount closely resembles a radar mount, and it does not use the conventional dome. Costs for this design are projected to be considerably lower than those for the conventional designs. Results of a design study are presented with details of the electro-optical and optical designs.
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N. A. Massie, Yale Oster, Greg Poe, Lynn Seppala, and Mike Shao, "Low-cost, high-resolution, single-structure array telescopes for imaging of low-Earth-orbit satellites," Appl. Opt. 31, 447-456 (1992)