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2 August 2000 Large Binocular Telescope project
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The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) Project is a collaboration between institutions in Arizona, Germany, Italy, and Ohio. The telescope will have two 8.4 meter diameter primary mirrors phased on a common mounting with a 22.8 meter baseline. The second of two borosilicate honeycomb primary mirrors for LBT is being case at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab this year. The baseline optical configuration of LBT includes adaptive infrared secondaries of a Gregorian design. The F/15 secondaries are undersized to provide a low thermal background focal plane which is unvignetted over a 4 arcminute diameter field-of- view. The interferometric focus combining the light from the two 8.4 meter primaries will reimage the two folded Gregorian focal planes to three central locations. The telescope elevation structure accommodates swing arm spiders which allow rapid interchange of the various secondary and tertiary mirrors as well as prime focus cameras. Maximum stiffness and minimal thermal disturbance were important drivers for the design of the telescope in order to provide the best possible images for interferometric observations. The telescope structure accommodates installation of a vacuum bell jar for aluminizing the primary mirrors in-situ on the telescope. The telescope structure is being fabricated in Italy by Ansaldo Energia S.p.A. in Milan. After pre-erection in the factory, the telescope will be shipped to Arizona in early 2001. The enclosure is being built on Mt. Graham under the auspices of Hart Construction Management Services of Safford, Arizona. The enclosure will be completed by late 2001 and ready for telescope installation.
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John M. Hill and Piero Salinari "Large Binocular Telescope project", Proc. SPIE 4004, Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning, (2 August 2000);


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