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Solar site testing for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope
Author(s): Frank Hill; Jacques Beckers; Peter Brandt; John Briggs; Timothy Brown; W. Brown; Manuel Collados; Carsten Denker; Steven Fletcher; Steven Hegwer; T. Horst; Mark Komsa; Jeff Kuhn; Alice Lecinski; Haosheng Lin; Steve Oncley; Matthew Penn; Thomas R. Rimmele; Hector Socas-Navarro; Kim Streander
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Paper Abstract

The location of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) is a critical factor in the overall performance of the telescope. We have developed a set of instrumentation to measure daytime seeing, sky brightness, cloud cover, water vapor, dust levels, and weather. The instruments have been located at six sites for periods of one to two years. Here we describe the sites and instrumentation, discuss the data reduction, and present some preliminary results. We demonstrate that it is possible to estimate seeing as a function of height near the ground with an array of scintillometers, and that there is a distinct qualitative difference in daytime seeing between sites with or without a nearby lake.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551812
Show Author Affiliations
Frank Hill, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Jacques Beckers, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Peter Brandt, Kiepenheuer-Institut fur Sonnenphysik (Germany)
John Briggs, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Timothy Brown, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatory (United States)
W. Brown, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatory (United States)
Manuel Collados, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Carsten Denker, New Jersey Institute of Technology (United States)
Steven Fletcher, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Steven Hegwer, National Solar Observatory (United States)
T. Horst, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Mark Komsa, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Jeff Kuhn, Univ. of Hawaii Institute of Astronomy (United States)
Alice Lecinski, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatory (United States)
Haosheng Lin, Univ. of Hawaii Institute of Astronomy (United States)
Steve Oncley, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Matthew Penn, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Thomas R. Rimmele, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Hector Socas-Navarro, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Kim Streander, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5489:
Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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