27 July 2016 Telescope site survey at the US Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station
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We present the status of site testing being done at and near the US Naval Observatory's Flagstaff Station (NOFS). Differential image motion monitors (DIMM) will be used to measure r0, the Fried seeing parameter, at each candidate site. DIMM results will be correlated with image quality as measured by the NOFS 1.55-m telescope. In addition, sky darkness measurements will be made and analysis of water column measurements made nearby by NOAA will be discussed. Site history, measurement methodology, and preliminary results will be presented.
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Michael DiVittorio, Frederick Harris, John Subasavage, Andrew Cenko, "Telescope site survey at the US Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99064V (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233248; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233248
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