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Observing with a 21st century ground-based telescope--or how to do unique science with the Gemini Telescopes
Author(s): Phil J. Puxley; Todd A. Boroson
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Paper Abstract

The new generation of ground-based telescopes offer unique observational opportunities for astronomy. By adopting the paradigm that observations must be matched to conditions it will be possible to use an 8 m telescope to couple the spatial resolution of the Hubble space telescope with a least 10 times the collecting area. To effectively exploit these characteristics will require a considerable degree of pre- planning and prediction of environmental and atmospheric conditions combined with the ability to dynamically schedule observations. In this paper we describe the approach being taken by the Gemini telescopes to implement this new observing mode which is essential to realize Gemini's ambitious science requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.269105
Show Author Affiliations
Phil J. Puxley, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Todd A. Boroson, U.S. Gemini Project Office (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2871:
Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow
Arne L. Ardeberg, Editor(s)

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