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7 July 2004 VLOT: a modest Canadian 20-m telescope
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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
Canada has pursued conceptual design work and technical studies related to a 20-m segmented mirror telescope (VLOT). This paper provides an overview of the Canadian effort over the last 3 years. VLOT can achieve exciting and significant scientific goals that are not possible with today's 8-meter class telescopes. The scientific promise of instruments on a 20-m telescope enhanced by adaptive optics is particularly exciting. The technical work done thus far indicates that while there are many challenges in designing and constructing a VLOT and its instruments, a 20-m telescope is feasible and achievable without major advances in technology.
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Dennis R. Crabtree, Scott C. Roberts, Joeleff T. Fitzsimmons, John Stanley Pazder, Glen Herriot, Malcolm J. Smith, Jennifer Dunn, and Leslie K. Saddlemyer "VLOT: a modest Canadian 20-m telescope", Proc. SPIE 5382, Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes, (7 July 2004);


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