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Monitoring of the environmental conditions inside the dome of the 4m Blanco Telescope at CTIO
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Paper Abstract

Between February and April 2009 a number of ultrasonic anemometers, temperature probes and dust sensors were operated inside the CTIO Blanco telescope dome. These sensors were distributed in a way that temperature and 3 dimensional wind speeds were monitored along the line of sight of the telescope. During telescope operations, occasional seeing measurements were obtained using the Mosaic CCD imager and the CTIO site monitoring MASS-DIMM system. In addition, also a Lunar Scintillometer (LuSci) was operated over the course of a few nights inside the dome. We describe the instrumental setup and first preliminary results on the linkage of the atmospheric conditions inside the dome to the overall image quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77333X (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856297
Show Author Affiliations
S. G. Els, Gaia DPAC Project Office (Spain)
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
T. M. C. Abbott, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
E. B. Bustos, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
J. Seguel, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
D. E. Walker, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
A. Berdja, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
R. Riddle, TMT Observatory Corp. (United States)
Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
M. Schöck, TMT Observatory Corp. (United States)
W. Skidmore, TMT Observatory Corp. (United States)
T. Travouillon, TMT Observatory Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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