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EAS Publications Series, Vol. ?, 2006
PILOT - THE PATHFINDER FOR AN INTERNATIONAL
LARGE OPTICAL TELESCOPE
J.W.V. Storey1, M.C.B. Ashley1, M.G. Burton1 and J.S. Lawrence1
Abstract. PILOT is proposed as a partnership between Australia and
Europe to develop a 2.4 metre 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 sec-
ondary mirror for the thermal infrared, and an adaptive secondary
mirror to achieve diffraction-limited imaging at wavelengths as short
as V-band.
1 Introduction
The Antarctic Plateau, including sites such as Dome C, offers a remarkable op-
portunity for astronomy. The intense cold, high altitude, and stable atmospheric
conditions combine to promise sensitivities and image quality that surpass those
found anywhere else on earth. Most importantly, an Antarctic telescope can out-

  

Source: Ashley, Michael C. B. - School of Physics, University of New South Wales

 

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