Seeing statistics and characteristics at the MMT Observatory 2003-2018

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The MMT Observatory (MMTO) uses a suite of Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors to maintain focus, collimation, and primary mirror optical figure. This first of these were fully commissioned in early 2003 and they have been an integral part of routine operations since then. The data they produce can also be used to estimate the atmospheric seeing in a consistent way that follows the same optical path as the science instruments. We have used archived Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor data to measure seeing statistics over the course of the last 15 years of MMTO operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII
EditorsHeather K. Marshall, Jason Spyromilio
ISBN (Electronic)9781510619531
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Shack-Hartmann
  • atmospheric turbulence
  • observatory operations
  • site monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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