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A collaborative site survey for astronomical observations in west China (Tibet)
Author(s): T. Sasaki; M. Yoshida; Y. Yao; G. Zhao; N. Takato; K. Seiguchi; F. Uraguchi; A. Miyashita; N. Ohshima; N. Okada; A. Kawai; J. Wang; G. Yang; S. Haginoya
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Paper Abstract

The high plateaus in west China (Tibet) may provide good candidate sites possibly for ELT projects. According to satellite weather data, we found that a certain area in Tibet shows potentiality for good astronomical observations with less cloud coverage. We have explored through west Tibet to watch its topography in summer, 2004. We reanalyze meteorological data collected by GAME-Tibet project. We have started weather monitor in two candidate sites in west China; Oma in western area of Tibet and Karasu near the western boundary of China. Monitoring observations using modern astronomical site-testing techniques such as a DIMM and an IR cloud monitor camera will be started to catch up continuous monitoring of seeing and cloud coverage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62671B (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670735
Show Author Affiliations
T. Sasaki, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ (United States)
M. Yoshida, Okayama Astrophysical Observatory, NAOJ (Japan)
Y. Yao, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
G. Zhao, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
N. Takato, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ (United States)
K. Seiguchi, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ (United States)
F. Uraguchi, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ (United States)
A. Miyashita, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
N. Ohshima, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
N. Okada, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
A. Kawai, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ (United States)
J. Wang, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
G. Yang, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
S. Haginoya, Meteorological Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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