Volume 396, Number 2, December III 2002
|Page(s)||723 - 730|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||03 December 2002|
Wavefront outer scale and seeing measurements at San Pedro Mártir Observatory
European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
2 Instituto de Astronomía UNAM, Apdo. Postal 72-3 (Xangari), 58089 Morelia Mich., México e-mail: email@example.com
3 Instituto de Astronomía UNAM, Apdo. Postal 70-264, 04510 México D.F., México e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
4 U.M.R. 6525 Astrophysique, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis/CNRS, Parc Valrose, 06108 Nice Cedex 2, France e-mail: Aziz.ZIAD@unice.fr, Francois.MARTIN@unice.fr, Julien.BORGNINO@unice.fr
5 Instituto de Astronomía UNAM, Apdo. Postal 877, 22800 Ensenada B. C., México e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Corresponding author: R. Conan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 10 September 2002
The first measurements of the spatial coherence outer scale at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional at San Pedro Mártir (OAN-SPM) are reported along with long term seeing measurements. These parameters were measured with the Generalized Seeing Monitor and with a Differential Image Motion Monitor. An instrumented mast was also used to measure the structure constant of the refractive index in the first 15 m. Log–normal statistics were found for the seeing and for the outer scale, with median values of and 27.0 m, respectively. The distribution of the outer scale values is similar to that found in other observatories around the world, suggesting that the presence of trees in the OAN-SPM do not affect the outer scale values. Correlation studies suggest that large values of the seeing and the outer scale are likely to occur when the wind blows from the SSW. Further studies are recommended to confirm this tendency.
Key words: atmospheric effects / turbulence / site testing / techniques: high angular resolution / instrumentation: adaptive optics
© ESO, 2002
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