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Site selection and characterization for giant telescopes

Schöck, Matthias (2004) Site selection and characterization for giant telescopes. In: Ground-based Telescopes. Proceedings of SPIE. No.5489. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, pp. 95-101. ISBN 9780819454218. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20181212-085404633

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Abstract

I describe the procedures used during the different phases of site testing for astronomical telescopes, that is, during the pre-selection of candidate sites, on-site testing (site selection), the site decision itself and characterization of the telescope site once the decision has been made. Many of the important parameters for astronomical night-time telescopes and some of the methods that can be used to determine these parameters are described. There appear to be no fundamental differences between the methods used for telescopes in the 5 to 10 meter range and telescopes with diameters larger than 10 meters, although specific differences certainly exist.


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Additional Information:© 2004 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). In spite of the author’s affiliation with the Thirty Meter Telescope, this paper is meant to be a general description of site testing for extremely large telescopes and not to concentrate on a particular project. It will, however, unavoidably be biased by the philosophy followed in the TMT site selection process. For an outline of the current status and strategy of TMT site selection see Ref. 1. The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project is a partnership of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. The partners gratefully acknowledge the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, the National Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Gemini Partnership.
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Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)UNSPECIFIED
Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA)UNSPECIFIED
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Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
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National Research Council of CanadaUNSPECIFIED
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
Gemini PartnershipUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Site testing, site selection, extremely large telescopes
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Official Citation:Matthias Schock, "Site selection and characterization for giant telescopes," Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551847
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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