An inexpensive turnkey 6.5m observatory with customizing options

Jeffrey S Kingsley, J Roger P Angel, W. Davison, D. Neff, J. Teran, B. Assenmacher, K. Peyton, H. M. Martin, Chang Jin Oh, D. Kim, E. Pearce, M. Rascon, T. Connors, D. Alfred, Buell Tomasson Jannuzi, Dennis F Zaritsky, E. Christensen, J. Males, Philip M Hinz, R. SeamanK. Gonzales, D. Adriaanse

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A turnkey observatory with 6.5-m telescope has been developed for a broad range of science applications. The observatory includes the telescope, mount and enclosure, installed on site and ready for operation. The telescope's primary mirror is an f/1.25 honeycomb sandwich of borosilicate glass, similar to that of the MMT and Magellan telescopes. The baseline optical design is for a Gregorian Nasmyth focus at f/11. A Gregorian adaptive optics secondary that provides a wide-field focus corrected for ground layer turbulence (0.25 arcsecond images over a 4 arcminute field) as well as a narrow-field diffraction-limited focus is optional. Another option is a corrected f/5 focus with a 1° field. The observatory, built by partners from academia and industry with extensive experience, can be delivered within five years at a fixed price.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII
ISBN (Electronic)9781510619531
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII 2018
CountryUnited States


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Kingsley, J. S., Angel, J. R. P., Davison, W., Neff, D., Teran, J., Assenmacher, B., ... Adriaanse, D. (2018). An inexpensive turnkey 6.5m observatory with customizing options. In Ground-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII (Vol. 10700). [107004H] SPIE.