Performance analysis for T.H.E.M.I.S* image stabilizer optical system. I. (*)Télescope Héliographique pour l'Etude du Magnétisme et des Instabilités de l'atmosphère Solaire
Observatoire de Paris URA 326, C.N.R.S, France
2 Office National d'études et de Recherche Aerospatiales, BP. 72, 92322 Châtillon Cedex, France
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Accepted: 19 December 1995
This paper describes the performance of the optical image stabilizer system developed for the franco-Italian T.H.E.M.I.S. telescope, which is currently being built on the Canary Island Tenerife. T.H.E.M.I.S will be one of the largest solar telescopes, and will be the first to be manufactured with a real time tip-tilt correction system integrated into its optical train. A new method is described here for measuring image motions. This method is called granulation tracking. It is based on Fourier transform analysis. A servo-loop model is also proposed, based on experimental measurements and the known time properties of atmospheric turbulence, to deduce the image quality obtained after correction. Method sensitivity and accuracy under various terrestrial turbulence conditions are discussed.
Key words: telescopes instrumentation: miscellaneous / atmospheric effects / adaptive / sun: granulation
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