Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica
This instrument uses the 60-cm SPIREX
telescope as well as a Celestron 11 inch (C-11)
mounted on top of the SPIREX tube.
CARA implemented a differential image motion
monitor, as described by Sarazin and
Roddier (1990), but modified the design by eliminating the
prism, adding a Hartmann aperture mask, and defocusing the
telescope to image each sub-aperture of the mask. We call this
arrangement a Hartmann differential motion monitor (H-DIMM), and
described the technique in Bally et al.
(1996). With a mask of n apertures, the number of baselines is
given as n*(n-1)/2, permitting a highly redundant calculation of
See the page on seeing for
a brief discussion and plot.
- Sarazin, M., and Roddier, F. 1990,
"The ESO Differential Image Motion
Monitor," A&A, 227, 294.
- Bally, J., Theil, D., Billawala, Y., Potter, D., Loewenstein, R. F.,
Mrozek, F., and Lloyd, J. P, 1996, "A Hartmann Differential
Image Motion Monitor (H-DIMM) for Atmospheric Turbulence
Characterisation," Publ. Astron. Soc. Australia, 13, 22.
- Loewenstein, R. F., Bero, C., Lloyd, J. P., Mrozek, F., Bally, J.,
and Theil, D. 1998, "Astronomical Seeing at the South Pole,"
in Astrophysics from Antarctica (ASP Conf. Proc. 141), ed.
G. Novak and R. H. Landsberg, p. 296.
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SPIREX/HDIMM is based at the University of Chicago, Yerkes Observatory.
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