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Seeing experiments with the WIYN 3.5-m Telescope
Author(s): Daniel R. Blanco; Charles Corson; David G. Sawyer
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Paper Abstract

The WIYN 3.5 meter telescope uses active thermal control of the primary mirror and both active and passive ventilation of the observatory enclosure. These features have proven effective for delivering consistently excellent images, and make the WIYN facility an ideal test bed for quantitative measurements of the effects of temperature and ventilation on mirror and dome seeing. We describe the results of seeing experiments conducted over the first four years of operations at the WIYN Observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4004, Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning, (2 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393897
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Daniel R. Blanco, EOS Technologies Inc. (United States)
Charles Corson, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
David G. Sawyer, WIYN Observatory/National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4004:
Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning
Thomas A. Sebring; Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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