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Low turbulence--high performance
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Paper Abstract

Results are presented on the evaluation of the site for the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) at its site at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory. Basic design features of the NOT are described together with the parameters that define image quality, with special consideration given to the role of atmospheric turbulence and the factors taken into account in the selection of the telescope site. Attention is given to the optical elements of the NOT and to its mechanical structure as well as to the thermal control of the telescope, the enclosure, and the ancillary instrumentation. Results from first observations at the NOT point to excellent observing conditions in terms of transparency and extinction stability as well as image quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19225
Show Author Affiliations
Arne L. Ardeberg, Lund Observatory/Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Associa (Sweden)
Torben Andersen, Riso National Lab./Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Assoc (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1236:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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