Perspective drawing of the new BBSO telescope. The light
path through the telescope is shown in light gray.
Original 1970 BBBSO telescope.
The BBSO NST (New Solar Telescope) replaces the old
telescope assembly (65-cm vacuum telescope, 25-cm vacuum
telescope, 20-cm full-disk telescope) at BBSO.
A detailed drawing of the east side of the NST, showing the Nasmyth
focus bench. The declination drive arm is also seen.
A detailed drawing of the west side of the NST, showing the
optical path near the M3 mirror and the location of the
polarization calibration optics.
Properties of the NST:
- 1.6 m clear aperture
- f/2.4 primary mirror (M1)
- 83.2 m effective focal length (f/52 at Gregorian focus)
- Plate scale 2.48 arc sec / mm
- Off-axis Gregorian configuration
- Figuring of primary mirror (M1) to λ / 30
- 10-15 Å finishing of M1
- Secondary figured to 20 nm accuracy and has protected silver coating.
- Open telescope structure
with equatorial mount and new, ventilated dome
- Real-time systems for maintaining telescope alignment
- Computer controlled pointing and tracking
- Active optics
- Adaptive optics
- Multiple focus locations that serve a
variety of focal-plane instrumentation.
- 3 arcmin FOV in Gregory-Coudé focus.
- Wavelength range from 0.39-1.6µm with AO
- All wavelengths > 0.39 µm also at Nasmyth focus
- Diffraction limited resolution of 0.06″ at
500nm and 0.2″ at 1,565nm (with adaptive optics)
- Temperature monitoring at many points on the telescope
- Telescope optics (M1, M2) made of Zerodur.
A Powerpoint presentation on the new BBSO telescope (> 35 MB) from
March 2008 can be found here.
BBSO NST Project Pages (password required)
CfSTR NST Project Pages (password required)
[Large Solar Telescopes]
© BBSO/NJIT - Last modified: April 7, 2008.