Pathfinder for an international large optical telescope

J. S. Lawrence, M. G. Burton, M. C B Ashley, J. W V Storey

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PILOT (Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope) is a proposed 2 m class optical/infrared telescope to be sited at Dome C on the Antarctic plateau. Recent site testing results from Dome C have shown remarkable ground level seeing, a large isoplanatic angle, and a long atmospheric coherence time. These factors significantly improve the resolution and increase the capabilities of adaptive optics systems. Additionally, the low sky emission at Dome C gives a significant increase in infrared sensitivity compared to typical midlatitude sites. PILOT is envisaged as a winterised version of a commercially available 2 m class telescope, with a simple low cost dome (sufficient for the low ground level wind speeds), and a tip-tilt and/or a deformable secondary mirror. A number of science cameras covering the visible to the sub-millimetre are being considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEAS Publications Series Volume 14 (2005)
Subtitle of host publicationDome C Astronomy and Astrophysics Meeting
EditorsM. Giard, F. Casoli, F. Paletou
Place of PublicationLes Ulis
PublisherEDP Science
Number of pages4
EditionEAS Publications Series
ISBN (Print)2868838359, 9782868838353
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventDome C Astronomy and Astrophysics Meeting - Toulouse, France
Duration: 28 Jun 200430 Jun 2004

Publication series

NameEAS Publications Series
ISSN (Print)16334760
ISSN (Electronic)16381963


OtherDome C Astronomy and Astrophysics Meeting


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