Optical Design for a New Off-Axis 1.7 m Solar Telescope (NST) at Big Bear

Leonid Didkovsky, Jeff Kuhn, Phil Goode

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An optical design for a modern off-axis 1.6 m clear aperture solar telescope - the NST (New Solar Telescope) is presented. The NST will replace the 65 cm vacuum telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) in 2006. A high-order Adaptive optics (AO) system will deliver light to the current and planned complement of BBSO instrumentation. The NST will fully utilize the optical and dynamical range advantages of its unobstructed (off-axis) pupil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-343
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2004
EventTelescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 7 2003Aug 8 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Adaptive Optics
  • Off-Axis Telescope
  • Optical Design


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