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Effects of airborne particles on optical equipment
Author(s): Ivana Gorgievska; Carsten M. Steinebach
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Paper Abstract

Observatories are affected by dust particles in the air and those that settle on the mirror surfaces. Here we analyze seven years of weather and dust particle data from the Apache Point Observatory (APO) in Sunspot, New Mexico, to find correlations between dust and other weather factors, and also find correlations between the APO data and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) weather data. Exposure of optics to strong dust events should be avoided, so we considered different possible observatory clousre criteria based on these data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552187
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Ivana Gorgievska, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Carsten M. Steinebach, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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