In the context of ADONI, the newly constituted laboratory for INAF Adaptive Optics activities, it is foreseen to set-up a facility accessible to the Italian and international AO community, with the purpose of facilitating the testing of critical sub-systems or components (which may be part of instruments under construction), or prototypes of innovative concepts which may require on-sky demonstrations. The 182cm Copernico Telescope located in Asiago (Italy) has been selected to be a suitable place to set-up this public facility, where a common optical bench will be made available at the Coudé focus to host visiting instrumentation. In this paper we describe the opto-mechanical train to the Coudé focal station to be implemented for the laboratory set-up, and we sketch out the foreseen telescope refurbishing activities to implement this multi-purpose testing facility dedicated to AO related projects.
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Simonetta Chinellato ; Roberto Ragazzoni ; Jacopo Farinato ; Davide Greggio ; Stefano Benetti, et al.
A testing facility at the Asiago Copernico telescope in the framework of the ADaptive Optics National laboratory of Italy: ADONI
", Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 990947 (July 27, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2232733; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2232733