Author Archives: Derek Kopon

The SAO phasing prototype visits MagAO

“Without phasing, there’s no real reason to build the GMT.” -Andrew Szentgyorgyi The biggest optical/infrared telescope in world will be the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be built on a nearby mountain peak within sight of the Clay and Baade … Continue reading

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Alignment alignment alignment!

Okaayyy!!!  Allora.  The day began with some avocado slices, dos scrambled huevos, a bowl of oatmeal, two slices of cheese, two slices of breakfast cake, two glasses of fresh squeezed orange juice (delicious!), and a cafe con leche.  The food … Continue reading

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Into the Test Tower!

Today we raised our hexapod-mounted adaptive secondary mirror (ASM) into the Arcetri test tower in Florence, Italy.  The large tower will allow us to operate the secondary at the same focal length and optical conjugates as the Magellan telescope in … Continue reading

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