AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 18. Instrumentation for Infrared and Optical Observing
Poster, Monday, January 6, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[18.10] Magdalen Ridge Observatory: post Preliminary Design Review

M. L. Cobb (New Mexico Tech and Southeast Missouri State University)

The Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) has recently completed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The project consists of two sub projects: a 10 element optical interferometer and a rapid response 2.4 m stand alone telescope. This poster will give a brief overview of the preliminary design plans for both sub projects.

The MRO interferometer will consist of 10, 1.5 m telescopes arraigned in a classical "Y" configuration. Unique properties are the inclusion of Adaptive Optics (AO) in the design and a novel telescope mount configuration which manages the polarization vector of the light through the optical system to the combining table. The array is designed to be reconfigurable in a weeks time frame which will be performed around 6 month configuration seasons and has a maximum baseline of 400m.

The MRO rapid response telescope is designed around a government surplus 2.4 m mirror with an active control system to allow fast slew and settling times to quickly respond to transit phenomena. A primary use will be observations of solar system objects including asteroids. Initial instruments will include simple imaging capability with plans to build a low resolution spectrometer as well as an imaging spectropolarimeter.

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