EAS Publications Series
Volume 25, 20071st ARENA Conference on "Large Astronomical Infrastructures at CONCORDIA, prospects and constraints for Antarctic Optical/IR Astronomy"
|Page(s)||221 - 224|
|Published online||23 May 2007|
N. Epchtein and M. Candidi (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 25 (2007) 221-224
Moving Optical Systems of IRAIT: Design and Construction
Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), Barcelona, Spain
2 Dpto. Física Teórica y del Cosmos, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
3 Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC-IEEC), Barcelona, Spain
4 Dipartimento di Fisica, Universitá di Perugia, Perugia, Italy
5 INAF – Osservatorio di Teramo, Teramo, Italy
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The IRAIT (International Robotic Antarctic Infrared Telescope) project (Tosti et al. , 2006, Proc. 6267-29 V. 2) is based on a 80 cm aperture telescope to observe in the infrared range. It is due to start operations in spring 2008, several months after installation in Dome C (Antarctica). We present the contributions made to such project by the Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and the University of Granada, whose participation is mainly focused in developing the moving optical system for the secondary (M2) and tertiary (M3) mirrors of the telescope. Moving parts of the optical system provide focusing and chopping capabilities, implemented in M2, and a rotation mechanism, implemented in M3, allow observation in either Nasmyth foci. The work package includes the design and construction of both mirrors, the mechanical supports, the electronics and the control software, all prepared to work at the low temperatures at Antarctica. A Spanish company, NTE, was contracted to carry out the design and manufacture. Tests at low temperature and integration in the telescope have been done during summer 2006.
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