the pathfinder for an international large optical telescope

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

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PILOT is proposed as a partnership between Australia and Europe to develop a 2.4 m optical/infrared telescope for Dome C, Antarctica. Funding for a detailed designed study is being sought from Australian sources, with a view to commencing construction in early 2008. The current "strawman" design is for an f/10 dual Nasmyth configuration with provision for both a silicon carbide fast tip-tilt secondary mirror for the thermal infrared, and an adaptive secondary mirror to achieve diffraction-limited imaging at wavelengths as short as V-band.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIst ARENA conference on "Large Astronomical Infrastructures at CONCORDIA, prospects and constraints for Antarctic Optical/IR Astronomy"
EditorsN. Epchtein, M Candidi
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)2759800172, 9782759800179
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

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

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