EAS Publications Series
Volume 14, 2005Dome C Astronomy and Astrophysics Meeting
|Page(s)||19 - 24|
|Published online||05 January 2006|
M. Giard, F. Casoli and F. Paletou (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 14 (2005) 19-24
Mass seeing measurements from Dome C
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia
2 Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Serena, Chile
The astronomical seeing from the Antarctic high plateau site Dome C has been a matter of speculation for over a decade. During 2004 we made the first wintertime measurements of the seeing using a Multi Aperture Scintillation Sensor (MASS), a device that is well-suited for automated unattended operation. The mean seeing was found to be 0.27 arcsec, and the seeing is better than 0.15 arcsec for 25% of the time. These extraordinarily low levels of turbulence make Dome C a superb site for future optical and infrared telescopes.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2005
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