29 June 2006 LGS AO operations at the W.M. Keck Observatory
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Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LGS AO) has been offered to Keck II visiting astronomers since November 2004. From the few nights of shared-risk science offered at that time, the LGS AO operation effort has grown to supporting over fifty nights of LGS AO per semester. In this paper we describe the new technology required to support LGS AO, give an overview of the operational model, report observing efficiency and discuss the support load required to operate LGS AO. We conclude the paper by sharing lessons learned and the challenges yet to be faced.
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David Le Mignant, Randall D. Campbell, Antonin H. Bouchez, Jason C. Y. Chin, Elizabeth Chock, Al Conrad, Marcos A. van Dam, Steve Doyle, Robert E. Goodrich, Erik M. Johansson, Robert E. Lafon, James E. Lyke, Christine Melcher, Ronald P. Mouser, Douglas M. Summers, Cynthia Wilburn, and Peter L. Wizinowich "LGS AO operations at the W.M. Keck Observatory", Proc. SPIE 6270, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, 62700C (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671837; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671837


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