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Optical Engineering

Automated Optical Observatory For Thermospheric Dynamics Studies
Author(s): M. A. Biondi; M. E. Zipf; R. A. Olmsted
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Paper Abstract

A fully automated aeronomical observatory, whose main optical instruments are a field-widened Fabry-Perot interferometer and a tilting filter photometer, is described. The closed-loop control, data acquisition, and recording systems are based on the Zilog Z80A system of microprocessors and supporting components. The compact system, occupying the living room area of an Airstream trailer, is readily transportable to remote sites for unattended operation, where its operation can be remotely commanded and checked via a telephone link. The optical instrumentation, electronic control system, and operating procedures are discussed, and examples are given of data obtained from such an observatory recently located at Millstone Hill, Massachusetts. The operating experience with this observatory during its two years in the field is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1988
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 27(10) 271009 doi: 10.1117/12.7976783
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 27, Issue 10
Show Author Affiliations
M. A. Biondi, University of Pittsburgh (United States)
M. E. Zipf, University of Pittsburgh (United States)
R. A. Olmsted, University of Pittsburgh (United States)

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