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Monitoring of the environmental conditions inside the dome of the 4m Blanco Telescope at CTIO

Els, S. G. and Abbott, T. M. C. and Bustos, E. B. and Seguel, J. and Walker, D. E. and Berdja, A. and Riddle, R. and Schöck, M. and Skidmore, W. and Travouillon, T. (2010) Monitoring of the environmental conditions inside the dome of the 4m Blanco Telescope at CTIO. In: Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7733. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 77333X. ISBN 9780819482235. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20180713-144615743

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Abstract

Between February and April 2009 a number of ultrasonic anemometers, temperature probes and dust sensors were operated inside the CTIO Blanco telescope dome. These sensors were distributed in a way that temperature and 3 dimensional wind speeds were monitored along the line of sight of the telescope. During telescope operations, occasional seeing measurements were obtained using the Mosaic CCD imager and the CTIO site monitoring MASS-DIMM system. In addition, also a Lunar Scintillometer (LuSci) was operated over the course of a few nights inside the dome. We describe the instrumental setup and first preliminary results on the linkage of the atmospheric conditions inside the dome to the overall image quality.


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Additional Information:© 2010 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). It is a pleasure to acknowledge the help by the Tololo mountain staff during installation and maintenance of this experiment. We acknowledge support by the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The TMT project gratefully acknowledges the support of the TMT partner institutions. They are the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. This work was supported as well by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the National Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and the U.S. National Science Foundation.
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Ontario Ministry of Research and InnovationUNSPECIFIED
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
British Columbia Knowledge Development FundUNSPECIFIED
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Subject Keywords:Atmospheric turbulence, image quality, telescope dome
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Official Citation:S. G. Els, T. M. C. Abbott, E. B. Bustos, J. Seguel, D. E. Walker, A. Berdja, R. Riddle, M. Schöck, W. Skidmore, T. Travouillon, "Monitoring of the environmental conditions inside the dome of the 4m Blanco Telescope at CTIO", Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77333X (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856297; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856297
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