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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 130, 561-566

Isokinetic patch measurements on the edge of the Moon

A. Ghedina - R. Ragazzoni - A. Baruffolo

Send offprint request: R. Ragazzoni

Astronomical Observatory of Padova, vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova, Italy

Received July 21; accepted December 24, 1997


By imaging the edge of the Moon we have tested a seeing monitor able to evaluate the isokinetic patch size. These measurements have a relevant interest because of several Laser Guide Star (LGS) tilt recovery schemes that have been proposed. In our approach the edge of the Moon mimics a LGS as seen far from the laser projector. The conceptual design of the instrument, the data reduction techniques and the preliminary results obtained at the Asiago Astronomical Observatory are given. Because, as a by product, the instrument is able to evaluate r0, a comparison with seeing data collected at the 1.82 m telescope of Cima Ekar during the three nights test of the described instrument is also given.

Key words: Moon -- instrumentation: adaptive optics

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