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Wide-field speckle techniques for small, urban telescopes
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Paper Abstract

Recent work with the NESSI speckle camera at Kitt Peak and the 'Alopeke speckle camera at Gemini-North indicates that speckle data reduction techniques can be successfully modified to produce high-resolution images over fields that are at least tens of arc seconds across. While these wide-field speckle image reconstructions are not diffraction-limited, the improvement in resolution over the seeing-limited case can be substantial. In this paper, we explore the application of these techniques to data taken with a small (0.6-m) telescope in an urban environment. Many telescopes located in urban communities, such as New Haven, Connecticut, where Southern Connecticut State University resides, have limited use scientifically due to substantial light pollution, poor seeing, poor telescope tracking, and other issues. We will present initial data using our set-up and discuss the potential for this approach for improving the imaging capabilities of small telescopes on our campus and beyond.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10701, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI, 1070110 (9 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312385
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Nicole M. Granucci, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
Elliott P. Horch, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10701:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill; Antoine Mérand, Editor(s)

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