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21 February 2003 Results from a portable Adaptive Optics system on the 1-meter telescope at the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station
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In this paper we present results using a compact, portable adaptive optics system. The system was developed as a joint venture between the Naval Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, and two small, New Mexico based-businesses. The system has a footprint of 18x24x18 inches and weighs less than 100 lbs. Key hardware design characteristics enable portability, easy mounting, and stable alignment. The system also enables quick calibration procedures, stable performance, and automatic adaptability to various pupil configurations. The system was tested during an engineering run in late July 2002 at the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station one-meter telescope. Weather prevented extensive testing and the seeing during the run was marginal but a sufficient opportunity was provided for proof-of-concept, initial characterization of closed loop performance, and to start addressing some of the most pressing engineering and scientific issues.
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Sergio R. Restaino, G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Don M. Payne, Jeffrey T. Baker, Ty Martinez, Michael DiVittorio, David Mozurkewich, and Jeffrey Friedman "Results from a portable Adaptive Optics system on the 1-meter telescope at the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station", Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003);


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