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Near-Ground Atmospheric Turbulence Effects
Author(s): Fred F. Forbes
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Paper Abstract

The characterization of seeing degradation induced by near-ground microturbulence is useful not only for selecting the optimum astronomical observatory site, but also for determining the suitable height above the ground for telescope installation. The near-ground contribution to seeing can be established by measurements of stellar image motion, and microthermal activity as a function of altitude. These techniques are applied to several superior sites known to have seeing < 1 arcsecond.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1114, Active Telescope Systems, (20 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960807
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Fred F. Forbes, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1114:
Active Telescope Systems
Francois J. Roddier, Editor(s)

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