30 January 2003 CELT site testing program
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Abstract
The California Extremely Large Telescope, CELT, is a proposed 30-m telescope. Choosing the best possible site for CELT is essential in order to extract the best science from the observations and to reduce the complexity of the telescope. Site selection is therefore currently one of the most critical pacing items of the CELT project. In this paper, we first present selected results from a survey of the atmospheric transparency at optical and infrared wavelengths over the southwestern USA and northern Mexico using satellite data. Results of a similar study of South America have been reported elsewhere. These studies will serve as the pre-selection criterion of the sites at which we will perform on-site testing. We then describe the current status of on-site turbulence evaluation efforts and the future plans of the CELT site testing program.
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Matthias Schoeck, Matthias Schoeck, D. Andre Erasmus, D. Andre Erasmus, S. George Djorgovski, S. George Djorgovski, Gary A. Chanan, Gary A. Chanan, Jerry E. Nelson, Jerry E. Nelson, } "CELT site testing program", Proc. SPIE 4840, Future Giant Telescopes, (30 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459124; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459124
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