Vol 20, No 1

Development of image motion compensation system for 1.3 m telescope at Vainu Bappu Observatory

Sreekanth Reddy Vallapureddy, Ravinder Kumar Banyal, Sridharan Rengaswamy, P Umesh Kamath, Aishwarya Selvaraj


Abstract We developed a tip-tilt system to compensate the turbulence induced image motion for the 1.3 m telescope at Vainu Bappu Observatory, at Kavalur. The instrument is designed to operate at the visible wavelength band (480 − 700 nm) with a field of view of 1′ × 1′ . The tilt corrected images have demonstrated up to ≈ 57% improvement in image resolution and a corresponding peak intensity increase by a factor of ≈ 2.8. A closed-loop correction bandwidth of ≈ 26 Hz has been achieved with on-sky tests and the root mean square motion of the star image has been reduced by a factor of ∼14. These results are consistent with theoretical and numerical predictions of wave-front aberrations caused by atmospheric turbulence and image quality improvement expected from a real-time control system. In this paper, we present details of the instrument design, laboratory calibration studies and quantify its performance on the telescope.


Keywords adaptive optics — atmospheric effects — high angular resolution

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