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7 July 2004 Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)
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Proceedings Volume 5382, Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes; (2004)
Event: Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes, 2003, Backaskog, Sweden
The partners in the Magellan Telescopes have formed a core group to collaborate in a project whose goal is the design and construction of one or more 20-meter class telescopes. The conceptual design for the unit telescope is being developed and the status of the work is described here. The design is based on a segmented primary mirror consisting of six off-axis 8.4-meter mirrors arranged in a hexagon. Various concepts with additional mirrors filling in the center have been investigated. An adaptive Gregorian secondary mirror combines the beams in the telescope. The mirrors will be mounted in a single fully-steerable alt-az mount. Survey and testing of prospective sites is underway in Chile.
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Matthew W. Johns "Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)", Proc. SPIE 5382, Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes, (7 July 2004);


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