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20 October 2004 Astronomical site monitoring system for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory
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The astronomical site parameters for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) are being studied from numerous aspects including meteorological, environmental, seismic and sky quality (e.g. "seeing", cloud cover). Results to date indicate that MRO is an excellent site for astronomical observing. Seeing measurements of less that 1 arc second in the optical are routinely obtained. Seismic conditions on the mountain ridge are below levels that will cause any major problems for construction and operation of an optical interferometer. Nighttime "allsky" camera imagery indicates a large percentage of clear nights.
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Daniel A. Klinglesmith III, R. Alvarado, Michelle J. Creech-Eakman, Bridget O'Donovan, Eugene Bohdan Seneta, and John S. Young "Astronomical site monitoring system for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory", Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552145; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552145
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