PanStarrs2 Telescope in Hawaii

Categories : Adaptive optics

The new PanStarrs2 telescope has been installed at the top of the Haleakala volcano at an altitude of 3000 meters.

On May 17th 2013, the PanSTARRS 2 telescope installation was finalised. It now sits atop Mount Haleakala (Hawaii), 3000m above the Pacific Ocean.
Commissioned by the PanSTARRS consortium, the telescope was made in Belgium by AMOS. Micromega-Dynamics is proud to have participated in this project: providing the support and shape system of the main mirror.

Starting from a blank page, combining clever mechanics and electronics Micromega’s Team was able to meet many stringent requirement such as:

  • Closed loop system
  • High axial load
  • High accuracy
  • High stroke
  • Fatigue resistance
  • Low lateral stiffness
  • Low power conception

Optical tests are due in august 2013, the telescope will thereafter starts its operation.

 

Read more of the project status and the PanSTARRS telescope in general at the following locations: