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Improving the Wendelstein Observatory for a 2m-class telescope
Author(s): Ulrich Hopp; Ralf Bender; Claus Goessl; Wolfgang Mitsch; Heinz Barwig; Arno Riffeser; Florian Lang; Silona Wilke; Christoph Ries; Frank Grupp; Helena Relke
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Paper Abstract

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen operates an observatory on the summit of Mt. Wendelstein in the Bavarian alps which will be equipped with a modern 2 m-class, robotic telescope. We did extensive site evaluations and started various monitoring programs on transmission, extinction, and seeing. Implementation and results of these monitorings are reported. We further present our strategy to prepare the observatory for this major upgrade, including hardware installations (besides the telescope), network and software infrastructure upgrades, as well as improvements in the observatory operations. We aim at most efficient observations in a "low-person-power" situation on a site which allows only partial robotic operations. The basic telescope design and the strategy for its first generation of instruments are briefly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70161T (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787071
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Ulrich Hopp, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Ralf Bender, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Claus Goessl, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Wolfgang Mitsch, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Heinz Barwig, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Arno Riffeser, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Florian Lang, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Silona Wilke, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Christoph Ries, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Observatorium Wendelstein (Germany)
Frank Grupp, Univ.-Sternwarte, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Helena Relke, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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