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23 June 2006 The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope mount assembly
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When constructed on the summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui, Hawaii, the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) will be the world's largest solar telescope. The ATST is a unique design that utilizes a state-of-the-art off-axis Gregorian optical layout with five reflecting mirrors delivering light to a Nasmyth instrument rotator, and nine reflecting mirrors delivering light to an instrument suite located on a large diameter rotating coude lab. The design of the telescope mount structure, which supports and positions the mirrors and scientific instruments, has presented noteworthy challenges to the ATST engineering staff. Several novel design solutions, as well as adaptations of existing telescope technologies to the ATST application, are presented in this paper. Also shown are plans for the control system and drives of the structure.
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Mark Warner, Myung Cho, Bret Goodrich, Eric Hansen, Rob Hubbard, Joon Pyo Lee, and Jeremy Wagner "The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope mount assembly", Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62673C (23 June 2006);


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