The Magellan Telescope: A Performance Update

Povilas Palunas, David Floyd, Glenn Eychaner, David Osip, Paul Schechter

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Abstract

The Magellan Baade and Clay telescopes regularly produce images of 0.5 in natural seeing. We review efforts to improve collimation, active optics response, and telescope guiding and pointing to optimize the performance of the telescopes. Procedures have been developed to monitor and analyze image quality delivered by the imaging science instruments. Improved models have been developed to correct for flexure of the telescope and primary mirror under gravity loading. Collimation has been improved using a two-probe Shack-Hartman technique to measure field aberrations. Field acquisition performance has been improved by implementing an open loop model for the primary mirror control. Telescope pointing has been improved by regular monitoring and adjustments to improve acquisition times.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Telescopes III (Proceedings Volume)
EditorsLarry M Stepp, Roberto Gilmozzi, Helen J Hall
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherSPIE
Pages1 - 10
Number of pages10
Volume7733
ISBN (Print)0277-786X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-based and Airborne Telescopes Conference - San Diego California, USA
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Conference

ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Telescopes Conference
CityUSA
Period1/01/10 → …

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Palunas, P., Floyd, D., Eychaner, G., Osip, D., & Schechter, P. (2010). The Magellan Telescope: A Performance Update. In L. M. Stepp, R. Gilmozzi, & H. J. Hall (Eds.), Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III (Proceedings Volume) (Vol. 7733, pp. 1 - 10). USA: SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857805
Palunas, Povilas ; Floyd, David ; Eychaner, Glenn ; Osip, David ; Schechter, Paul. / The Magellan Telescope: A Performance Update. Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III (Proceedings Volume). editor / Larry M Stepp ; Roberto Gilmozzi ; Helen J Hall. Vol. 7733 USA : SPIE, 2010. pp. 1 - 10
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Palunas, P, Floyd, D, Eychaner, G, Osip, D & Schechter, P 2010, The Magellan Telescope: A Performance Update. in LM Stepp, R Gilmozzi & HJ Hall (eds), Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III (Proceedings Volume). vol. 7733, SPIE, USA, pp. 1 - 10, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes Conference, USA, 1/01/10. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857805

The Magellan Telescope: A Performance Update. / Palunas, Povilas; Floyd, David; Eychaner, Glenn; Osip, David; Schechter, Paul.

Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III (Proceedings Volume). ed. / Larry M Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J Hall. Vol. 7733 USA : SPIE, 2010. p. 1 - 10.

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Palunas P, Floyd D, Eychaner G, Osip D, Schechter P. The Magellan Telescope: A Performance Update. In Stepp LM, Gilmozzi R, Hall HJ, editors, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III (Proceedings Volume). Vol. 7733. USA: SPIE. 2010. p. 1 - 10 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857805