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5 August 2010 Monitoring of the environmental conditions inside the dome of the 4m Blanco Telescope at CTIO
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Between February and April 2009 a number of ultrasonic anemometers, temperature probes and dust sensors were operated inside the CTIO Blanco telescope dome. These sensors were distributed in a way that temperature and 3 dimensional wind speeds were monitored along the line of sight of the telescope. During telescope operations, occasional seeing measurements were obtained using the Mosaic CCD imager and the CTIO site monitoring MASS-DIMM system. In addition, also a Lunar Scintillometer (LuSci) was operated over the course of a few nights inside the dome. We describe the instrumental setup and first preliminary results on the linkage of the atmospheric conditions inside the dome to the overall image quality.
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S. G. Els, T. M. C. Abbott, E. B. Bustos, J. Seguel, D. E. Walker, A. Berdja, R. Riddle, M. Schöck, W. Skidmore, and T. Travouillon "Monitoring of the environmental conditions inside the dome of the 4m Blanco Telescope at CTIO", Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77333X (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856297;


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