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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2010
  • pp: 1234–1241

Active optics primary mirror support system for the 2.6 m VST telescope

Pietro Schipani, Sergio D’Orsi, Luigi Ferragina, Davide Fierro, Laurent Marty, Cesare Molfese, and Francesco Perrotta  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 8, pp. 1234-1241 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.001234


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Abstract

The Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope (VST) is equipped with an active optics system in order to correct low-order aberrations. The 2.6 m primary mirror is supported both axially and laterally and is surrounded by several safety devices for earthquake protection. We describe the mirror support system and discuss the results of the qualification test campaign.

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OCIS Codes
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics
(220.1080) Optical design and fabrication : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: November 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 26, 2010
Published: March 3, 2010

Citation
Pietro Schipani, Sergio D'Orsi, Luigi Ferragina, Davide Fierro, Laurent Marty, Cesare Molfese, and Francesco Perrotta, "Active optics primary mirror support system for the 2.6m VST telescope," Appl. Opt. 49, 1234-1241 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-8-1234


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