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The U.S. National 8 m telescope project

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The National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) are planning to buld two 8 m telescopes, one for Mauna Kea, Hawaii, the other for a site in Chile. Optical configurations, primary mirror systems, and the telescope mounting are discussed. A new optical testing method is outlined. The system imaging goal is 0.25” FWHM. Construction could begin in the early 1990's.

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Barr, L.D. The U.S. National 8 m telescope project. Astrophys Space Sci 160, 71–85 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00642756

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Keywords

  • System Imaging
  • Astronomy Observatory
  • Mirror System
  • Optical Testing
  • Optical Configuration