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Site testing for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope
Author(s): F. Hill; J. Beckers; P. Brandt; J. Briggs; T. Brown; W. Brown; M. Collados; C. Denker; S. Fletcher; S. Hegwer; T. Horst; M. Komsa; J. Kuhn; A. Lecinski; H. Lin; S. Oncley; M. Penn; R. Radick; T. Rimmele; H. Socas-Navarro; K. Streander
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Paper Abstract

The Advanced Solar Technology Telescope (ATST) is a 4-m solar telescope being designed for high spatial, spectral and temporal resolution, as well as IR and low-scattered light observations. The overall limit of performance of the telescope is strongly influenced by the qualities of the site at which it is located. Six sites were tested with a seeing monitor and a sky brightness instrument for 1.5 to 2 years. The sites were Big Bear (California), Haleakala (Hawaii), La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain), Panguitch Lake (Utah), Sacramento Peak (New Mexico), and San Pedro Martir (Baja California, Mexico). In this paper we will describe the methods and results of the site survey, which chose Haleakala as the location of the ATST.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62671T (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.673677
Show Author Affiliations
F. Hill, National Solar Observatory (United States)
J. Beckers, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
P. Brandt, Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (Germany)
J. Briggs, National Solar Observatory (United States)
T. Brown, High Altitude Observatory, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
W. Brown, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
M. Collados, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
C. Denker, New Jersey Institute of Technology (United States)
S. Fletcher, National Solar Observatory (United States)
S. Hegwer, National Solar Observatory (United States)
T. Horst, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
M. Komsa, National Solar Observatory (United States)
J. Kuhn, Univ. of Hawaii, Institute of Astronomy (United States)
A. Lecinski, High Altitude Observatory, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
H. Lin, Univ. of Hawaii, Institute of Astronomy (United States)
S. Oncley, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
M. Penn, National Solar Observatory (United States)
R. Radick, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
T. Rimmele, National Solar Observatory (United States)
H. Socas-Navarro, High Altitude Observatory, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
K. Streander, High Altitude Observatory, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)


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

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