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Thermal conditioning of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope dome
Author(s): Paul Tom Worthington; James R. Fowler; Craig E. Nance; Mark T. Adams
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Paper Abstract

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is an innovative, low cost 9- meter telescope that specializes in queue mode spectroscopic observing. Because of the HET's unique design, careful day- time and night-time thermal conditioning of the interior dome environment is essential to optimizing the telescope's performance on the sky during astronomical research operations. In this contribution, we describe the past and present thermal conditioning techniques that have been developed and employed at HET to optimize the telescope's scientific performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4010, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II, (25 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392502
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Paul Tom Worthington, McDonald Observatory (United States)
James R. Fowler, McDonald Observatory (United States)
Craig E. Nance, McDonald Observatory (United States)
Mark T. Adams, McDonald Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4010:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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