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Site selection and characterization for giant telescopes
Author(s): Matthias Schock
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Paper Abstract

I describe the procedures used during the different phases of site testing for astronomical telescopes, that is, during the pre-selection of candidate sites, on-site testing (site selection), the site decision itself and characterization of the telescope site once the decision has been made. Many of the important parameters for astronomical night-time telescopes and some of the methods that can be used to determine these parameters are described. There appear to be no fundamental differences between the methods used for telescopes in the 5 to 10 meter range and telescopes with diameters larger than 10 meters, although specific differences certainly exist.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551847
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Matthias Schock, California Institute of Technology (United States)


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

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