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LGS AO operations at the W.M. Keck Observatory
Author(s): David Le Mignant; Randall D. Campbell; Antonin H. Bouchez; Jason C. Y. Chin; Elizabeth Chock; Al Conrad; Marcos A. van Dam; Steve Doyle; Robert E. Goodrich; Erik M. Johansson; Robert E. Lafon; James E. Lyke; Christine Melcher; Ronald P. Mouser; Douglas M. Summers; Cynthia Wilburn; Peter L. Wizinowich
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Paper Abstract

Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LGS AO) has been offered to Keck II visiting astronomers since November 2004. From the few nights of shared-risk science offered at that time, the LGS AO operation effort has grown to supporting over fifty nights of LGS AO per semester. In this paper we describe the new technology required to support LGS AO, give an overview of the operational model, report observing efficiency and discuss the support load required to operate LGS AO. We conclude the paper by sharing lessons learned and the challenges yet to be faced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2006
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6270, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, 62700C (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671837
Show Author Affiliations
David Le Mignant, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Randall D. Campbell, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Antonin H. Bouchez, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Jason C. Y. Chin, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Elizabeth Chock, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Al Conrad, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Marcos A. van Dam, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Steve Doyle, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Robert E. Goodrich, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Erik M. Johansson, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Robert E. Lafon, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
James E. Lyke, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Christine Melcher, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Ronald P. Mouser, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Douglas M. Summers, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Cynthia Wilburn, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Peter L. Wizinowich, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6270:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems
David R. Silva; Rodger E. Doxsey, Editor(s)

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