7 July 2000 Neptune and Titan observed with Keck Telescope adaptive optics
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We report on observations taken during engineering science validation time using the new adaptive optics system at the 10-m Keck II Telescope. We observed Neptune and Titan at near- infrared wavelengths. These objects are ideal for adaptive optics imaging because they are bright and small, yet have many diffraction-limited resolution elements across their disks. In addition Neptune and Titan have prominent physical features, some of which change markedly with time. We have observed infrared-bright 'storms' on Neptune, and very low- albedo surface regions on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Spatial resolution on Neptune and Titan was 0.05 - 0.06 and 0.04 - 0.05 arc sec, respectively.
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Claire E. Max, Bruce A. Macintosh, Seran Gibbard, Donald T. Gavel, Henry G Roe, Imke de Pater, Andrea M. Ghez, D. Scott Acton, Peter L. Wizinowich, and Olivier Lai "Neptune and Titan observed with Keck Telescope adaptive optics", Proc. SPIE 4007, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390308; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.390308
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