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17 October 1997 Science with the ADOPT system on Mt. Wilson
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The cassegrain adaptive optics system (ADOPT) on the Mount Wilson 100-inch telescope has been in operation now since June of 1995. This report chronicles the ongoing performance improvements, the drive towards unassisted use by visiting observers, and some significant science results of this system. The last includes: observations Mira with its companion and other red giants, many observations of asteroids, and the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, the planets Uranus and Neptune, and of course, double stars. Objects with magnitudes from V=0.0 to V=13.7 have served as natural guide stars, with no change in optics or filters needed over this range. Resolution of 0.07 arcsec is routine on a bright object in good seeing, with 0.058 arcsec at B band as the best performance to date. Coronagraphic and spectroscopic additions are planned for the system.
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J. C. Shelton, Thomas G. Schneider, and Sallie L. Baliunas "Science with the ADOPT system on Mt. Wilson", Proc. SPIE 3126, Adaptive Optics and Applications, (17 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290174;


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