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Seeing statistics and characteristics at the MMT Observatory 2003–2018
Author(s): T. E. Pickering
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Paper Abstract

The MMT Observatory (MMTO) uses a suite of Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors to maintain focus, collimation, and primary mirror optical figure. This first of these were fully commissioned in early 2003 and they have been an integral part of routine operations since then. The data they produce can also be used to estimate the atmospheric seeing in a consistent way that follows the same optical path as the science instruments. We have used archived Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor data to measure seeing statistics over the course of the last 15 years of MMTO operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10700, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII, 107005C (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313141
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T. E. Pickering, MMT Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10700:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII
Heather K. Marshall; Jason Spyromilio, Editor(s)

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