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Atmospheric Blur SHOULD NOT Be Considered in Weighing In on the TMT Project

I’m not gonna lie and pretend I know anything about what I’m blogging about here on this TMT project, just putting out some things that I see every now and then.

…Berkley University has found an “improved technique to remove atmospheric blur has produced the sharpest whole-planet picture ever taken from the ground

…The multiple-star technique produces sharp images over a wider area of sky – an area about three times larger than that produced by single-star adaptive optics systems employed on large telescopes such as Keck II and Gemini North in Hawaii

I asked Andrew Cooper about Lighting on the Big Island and he responded with a very interesting read that deals with this Atmospheric Blur.

If these Berkley findings are true, then Atmospheric Blur should not be considered when placing the TMT on top of Mauna Kea as we have now seen that it can be dealt with other ways.

4 Responses

  1. Yes, AO=Adaptive Optics. I just re-read your posting and realized that you wrote the article talking about AO without actually using the words.

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