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MIRROR, DOME, AND NATURAL SEEING AT CFHT

RENÉ RACINE, DERRICK SALMON, DAVID COWLEY and JERRY SOVKA
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Vol. 103, No. 667 (September 1991), pp. 1020-1032
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40680395
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

A large and homogeneous set of image quality data, obtained with HRCam at the prime focus of the CFHT, was correlated with thermal sensor data to identify and quantify "local seeing" effects. The main findings are as follows. 1. Mirror seeing is an important source of image spread and amounts to FWHM = 0740/°C 6/5 when the primary mirror is warmer than the air inside the dome. 2. Dome seeing is marginally significant, at the rate of ~ 0".1/°C6/5 of temperature difference between the air inside and outside the dome. 3. Optical aberrations from the CFHT primary mirror and from HRCam currently impose a limit of FWHM = 0738 to the image quality. 4. The median natural atmospheric seeing at the CFHT site on Mauna Kea is FWHM = 0".43 ± 0".05, the 10th and 90th percentiles being ~ 0".25 and ~ 0".7, respectively.

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