Thursday, August 27, 2009

Parking Lot Telescope

Mark and I spent the last few days (long days I'll add) getting the curvature AO system up and running in the lab with the parking-lot 1-meter telescope. We learned a lot but it was super difficult to deal with. The seeing was pretty horrible. We couldn't really align things well so we were off on the side of the field with really bad coma... The stars had tails....

A 5-second exposure..... not exactly a Gaussian.

A 'pupil mask' image pointing at the sun.
A comet? No, just a star.....
Lots of mirrors to align.
A video to prove just how bad it was.

video

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