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AO operations at the W. M. Keck Observatory
Author(s): Randall D. Campbell; David Le Mignant; Marcos A. van Dam; Al Conrad; Kenny Grace; Marc Kassis; James E. Lyke; Hien Tran; Jason C. Y. Chin; Elizabeth Chock; Steven Doyle; Robert W. Goodrich; Erik M. Johansson; Tomas Krasuski; Christine Melcher; Douglas M. Summers; Roger C. Sumner; Peter L. Wizinowich
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Paper Abstract

Natural Guide Star (NGS) and Laser Guide Star (LGS) Adaptive Optics (AO) have been offered for routine science operations to the W. M. Keck Observatory community since 2000 and late 2004, respectively. The AO operations team is now supporting ~100 nights of AO observing with four different instruments, including over fifty nights of LGS AO per semester. In this paper we describe improvements to AO operations to handle the large number of nights and to accommodate the recent upgrade to the wavefront sensor and wavefront controller. We report on the observing efficiency, image quality, scientific productivity, impact analysis from satellite safety procedures and discuss the support load required to operate AO at Keck. We conclude the paper by presenting our plans for dual LGS AO operations with Keck I - Keck II LGS, starting in 2009.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 701604 (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790118
Show Author Affiliations
Randall D. Campbell, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
David Le Mignant, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Marcos A. van Dam, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Al Conrad, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Kenny Grace, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Marc Kassis, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
James E. Lyke, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Hien Tran, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Jason C. Y. Chin, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Elizabeth Chock, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Steven Doyle, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Robert W. Goodrich, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Erik M. Johansson, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Tomas Krasuski, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Christine Melcher, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Douglas M. Summers, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Roger C. Sumner, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Peter L. Wizinowich, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)


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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