A large reflective Schmidt telescope for the Antarctic plateau

Will Saunders, Andrew J. McGrath

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

We present a design concept for a 16 metre, wide-field, fixed-axis, all-reflective, segmented f/4 Schmidt telescope to take advantage of the unique possibilities of Antarctica for both optical and near infrared astronomy. The design allows observation of all RA/dec's accessible from Antarctica, with tracking times of several hours. Prime and Cassegrain foci are provided, giving plate scales 300-3000μm/", over fields of view 1.5'-0.5°. Diffraction limited, natural guide-star AO-corrected Kdark images are possible over arc-minute sized fields, over 70% of the sky. The sensitivity, resolution, field of view and cost all compare favourably with current or proposed space or ground-based telescopes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based Telescopes
PublisherSPIE
Pages462-469
Number of pages8
Volume5489
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-based Telescopes - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jun 200425 Jun 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSPIE
Volume5489
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceGround-based Telescopes
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period21/06/0425/06/04

Keywords

  • Adaptive optics
  • Antarctica
  • Infra-red
  • Telescopes
  • Wide-field

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A large reflective Schmidt telescope for the Antarctic plateau'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this