PILOT: optical configuration and instrumentation

Lawrence, J. et al., 2006, IAU Special Session, 7, 33 | View on ADS (2006IAUSS...7E..33L)


PILOT, the Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope, is proposed as a 2.4 m diameter optical/infrared telescope to be located at Dome C, Antarctica. PILOT will be placed on a 30 m high tower to minimise the effect of the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer, and should experience the best seeing conditions and the lowest infrared background of any telescope on earth. To take advantage of these conditions, we propose an optical configuration able to deliver diffraction-limited images in the visible, while also giving excellent wide-field performance. We also present a straw-man instrument suite for PILOT.

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