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SNR-based queue observations at CFHT
Author(s): Daniel Devost; Claire Moutou; Nadine Manset; Billy Mahoney; Todd Burdullis; Jean-Charles Cuillandre; René Racine
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Paper Abstract

In an effort to optimize the night time utilizing the exquisite weather on Maunakea, CFHT has equipped its dome with vents and is now moving its Queued Scheduled Observing (QSO)1 based operations toward Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) observing. In this new mode, individual exposure times for a science program are estimated using a model that uses measurements of the weather conditions as input and the science program is considered completed when the depth required by the scientific requirements are reached. These changes allow CFHT to make better use of the excellent seeing conditions provided by Maunakea, allowing us to complete programs in a shorter time than allocated to the science programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 991015 (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231806
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel Devost, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Claire Moutou, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
LAM, Ctr. National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
Nadine Manset, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Billy Mahoney, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Todd Burdullis, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Jean-Charles Cuillandre, Institut de recherche sur les lois fondamentales de l'Univers (France)
René Racine, Univ. de Montréal and Observatoire du Mont Mégantic (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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