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Operational experience with the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer (NPOI)
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Paper Abstract

A review of operational procedures and requirements evolving at the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer (NPOI) provides some useful insights for the automation, maintenance and operation of large optical interferometers even as construction and instrument development continues. Automation is essential for efficient, single operator observing. It is important to integrate ease of operation and maintenance into the instrument design from the start. In final form, the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer, NPOI, will use six portable siderostats for imaging stars and narrow angle astrometry of multiple stars as well as four fixed siderostats designed for all sky astrometry. Currently all four astrometric siderostats and two transportable siderostats are operational. All six beams from the siderostats now in use have been combined coherently to form images of multiple stars at milliseconds of arc resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 2002
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4844, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III, (2 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460763
Show Author Affiliations
Nathaniel M. White, The Lowell Observatory (United States)
David Mozurkewich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Donald J. Hutter, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
James A. Benson, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
Christian A. Hummel, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
James H. Clark III, Universities Space Research Association (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4844:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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