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The 15-Meter New Technology Telescope Site Evaluation Program
Author(s): K. Michael Merrill; Fred F. Forbes
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the Site Evaluatibn program currently in progress for the 15-Meter National New Technology Telescope. The data obtained in this program will supersede or augment earlier tests in the critical areas of sub-arcsecond seeing evaluation and suitability for infrared astronomy. Synoptic comparisons will include sites representative of two, possibly three, distinct high altitude environments: 1) Mauna Kea in Hawaii, surrounded by a large body of water, 2) the Pinaleno Mountains in Arizona, surrounded by a low-level southwestern desert, and 3) possibly a site in the coastal region of Chile. Concurrent observations with identical equipment are planned over a two year interval.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 1983
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0444, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes II, (3 November 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.937971
Show Author Affiliations
K. Michael Merrill, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)
Fred F. Forbes, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0444:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes II
Lawrence D. Barr; Brian Mack, Editor(s)

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