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Giant Magellan Telescope site testing seeing and turbulence statistics
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Paper Abstract

Cerro Las Campanas located at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile has been selected as the site for the Giant Magellan Telescope. We report results obtained since the commencement, in 2005, of a systematic site testing survey of potential GMT sites at LCO. Seeing data have been obtained at three potential sites, and are compared with identical data taken at the site of the twin Magellan 6.5m telescopes. In addition, measurements of the turbulence profile of the free-atmosphere have been collected. Co. Las Camapanas and the Magellan site are nearly identical in their seeing statistics, and apparently their average ground-layer characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77334O (6 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858037
Show Author Affiliations
Gabriel Prieto, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Las Campanas Observatory (Chile)
Joanna E. Thomas-Osip, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Las Campanas Observatory (Chile)
Mark M. Phillips, Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Science (United States)
Patrick McCarthy, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Matt Johns, GMTO Corp. (United States)


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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