Optical Performance Analysis of the Precision Optical Research and Tracking Facility (PORTF).
Rept. for Oct 1989-Oct 1990,
ROME LAB ROME NY
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The Precision Optical Research and Tracking Facility PORTF is the field optical site operated by the Directorate of Surveillance at Rome Laboratory RLOC. This report discusses the optical configuration of PORTF and practical optical component set-up considerations. Results are documented from computer analyses performed by the author of Rome Laboratory which simulate the complete primary optical system. Common alignment errors in the optical train and focal plane were investigated with a goal of determining allowable tolerances in the optomechanical alignment of the components. The tolerance limits may be used as a baseline during telescope alignment exercises to determine the alignment accuracies needed to produce acceptable images.