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Development of automated small telescopes as Dome A site testing DIMM
Author(s): Chong Pei; Hualin Chen; Xiangyan Yuan; Daxing Wang; Yajun Zhang; Bozhong Gu; Jianlin Zhao
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Paper Abstract

The extreme environment of Antarctic greatly benefits astronomical observations. Site testing works already show the excellent seeing and transmission on Dome C. And the higher, colder inland plateau Dome A is widely predicted as even better astronomical site than Dome C. Preliminary site testing carried out since the beginning of 2008 shows that Dome A has lower boundary layer and lower precipitable water vapour. Now the automated seeing monitor is urgently needed to quantify the site's optical character which is necessary for the telescope design and deployment. We modify the commercial telescopes with diameter of 35cm to function as site testing DIMM and make it monitor both seeing and isoplanatic angle at the same time automatically on Dome A at different height. Part of the processed data will be transferred back by Iridium satellite network every day. The first DIMM will be deployed on Dome A in early 2011.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77334W (6 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856762
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Chong Pei, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Hualin Chen, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Xiangyan Yuan, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Daxing Wang, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Yajun Zhang, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Bozhong Gu, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Jianlin Zhao, National Astronomical Observatories, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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