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Old 29-01-2009, 10:11 PM
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Adaptive Optics

Does anyone know of any real Adaptive Optics products available to the public? I know about the SBig AO7 device to improve guiding but I mean a true variable mirror for the main camera. Is there anything coming at all?
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Old 30-01-2009, 10:04 PM
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True adaptive optics use deformable mirrors, complex multi position pistons/arms, high power laser etc etc..

Mate, you got a few million ?, then give them a call.
Else, stick to whats available.

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Old 30-01-2009, 11:54 PM
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True adaptive optics use deformable mirrors, complex multi position pistons/arms, high power laser etc etc..

Mate, you got a few million ?, then give them a call.
Else, stick to whats available.

Theo.
You can use piezo devices to drive a mirror to cut costs and a wavefront sensor doesn't need lasers. The Laser Guide Star approach uses lasers.

I was asking if there was anything being planned, I guess not.
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Old 31-01-2009, 02:21 AM
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A piezo device is not going to deform a mirror, unless its micro thin.
Plus you need to see the actual turbulance, thus exciting the atoms at the particular layer in the atmosphere.

It will be a long time before we see this method used in the amauter world.
But stranger things have happened.

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