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Ukaliq: Seeing Long-Term with Small, Precise Arctic Telescopes

By SpaceRef Editor
November 25, 2014
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Eric Steinbring, Brian Leckie, Rick Murowinski

(Submitted on 18 Nov 2014)

Time-domain astrophysics benefits from extreme-latitude sites, which can combine intrinsically extended nighttime with good sky conditions. One such location is the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), at 80 degrees North latitude, on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island, Canada. Experience gained deploying seeing monitors there has been incorporated into an automated system called “Ukaliq” after the common arctic hare, which is also very well suited to its local environment. Even with modest aperture, high photometric reliability may be achieved using simple adaptive optics together with observing strategies that best fit the unique set of advantages available at PEARL: excellent image quality maintained during many clear, calm, dark periods of 100 hours or more. A potential multi-year search for gravitational microlensing of quasars with Ukaliq helps illustrate this niche in the era of large wide-field survey facilities.

Comments:6 pages, to appear in IoPCS Conf. Series “Adapting to the Atmosphere”

Subjects:Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

Cite as:arXiv:1411.5004 [astro-ph.IM]

 (or arXiv:1411.5004v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Eric Steinbring [view email] 

[v1] Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:34:53 GMT (1315kb)

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