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Adjustable truss for support, optical alignment, and athermalization of a Schmidt camera

[+] Author Affiliations
Bruce Atwood, Thomas P. O'Brien

Imaging Sciences Lab./The Ohio State Univ. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, 403 (March 7, 2003); doi:10.1117/12.459965
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  • Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
  • Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood
  • Waikoloa, Hawai'i, USA | August 22, 2002

abstract

The MODS optical spectrograph uses a de-centered Maksutov-Schmidt camera with a clear aperture of ~300mm. This large camera has two widely spaced elements, the corrector and the camera mirror, and a field flattener near the focal plane. This paper describes the truss system that supports the optical elements very rigidly, uses adjustable length links to provide a deterministic method for alignment of the optical elements, and uses material combinations which result in a camera with nearly zero focus shift due to changes in temperature. A novel joint design for terminating the truss links is described that has excellent stiffness and enhances ease of assembly and alignment.

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Bruce Atwood and Thomas P. O'Brien
"Adjustable truss for support, optical alignment, and athermalization of a Schmidt camera", Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, 403 (March 7, 2003); doi:10.1117/12.459965; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.459965


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