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10 July 2018 Acquisition and guiding for TAIPAN using Starbugs
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The AAO Starbugs is a multi-functional positioning device used in the TAIPAN instrument currently being commissioned on the UK Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. TAIPAN is part of a design study for MANIFEST which is a fibre positioning instrument proposed for the Giant Magellan Telescope. The acquisition and guiding system for TAIPAN uses nine standard Starbugs, referred to as Guide Bugs. Each one uses a 7000 core coherent polymer fibre bundle on individual guide stars. This provides an astrometric reference frame for science fibre positioning, telescope guiding, instrument alignment and focus, all of which are invariant to telescope and atmospheric geometric anomalies. Guide Bugs are a technology that will enable improved science results for the TAIPAN instrument. In this paper we outline the design features and provide an update on software development.
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Carlos Bacigalupo, Michael Goodwin, Rebecca Brown, David Brown, Scott Case, Tony Farrell, Kyler Kuehn, and Nuria Lorente "Acquisition and guiding for TAIPAN using Starbugs", Proc. SPIE 10706, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III, 107065V (10 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2307057
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