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Laser Guide Star operations at the Gemini North Telescope
Author(s): Anthony C. Matulonis
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Paper Abstract

The Laser Guide Star (LGS) operations at the Gemini North (GN) Telescope have improved the sky coverage far beyond using a Natural Guide Star (NGS) for the high angular resolution Adaptive Optics (AO) science demanded by our astronomical community. An understanding of the current LGS logistics from an operational standpoint is imperative for any facility planning to incorporate the LGS approach. The details of LGS operations will be highlighted, in particular the role of the Systems Support Associate (SSA) who is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the complex GN AO system, Altair. An overview of the LGS related monitoring tools, system limitations, safety protocols, SSA responsibilities, and staff support required will be included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 773709 (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857645
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Anthony C. Matulonis, Gemini North Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7737:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III
David R. Silva; Alison B. Peck; B. Thomas Soifer, Editor(s)

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