MountainQuest

Atmospheric Seeing Team 

animated seeing imageObservatories are located in places where the atmosphere is very stable.  Your team needs to create digital movies from "test observations" to assess the quality of the seeing at various locations.  This team will download telescope images made at each location and use NIH_Image (Mac), ImagePC (PC) to create digital movies of star images to determine the degree of "star twinkle" at each site.  The less "twinkle" or "scintilation" -- the better for long exposure photographs of dim/faint stars. 

Technical Instructions: 

Your first task is to create digital movies from which you will analyze the seeing conditions (atmospheric turbulence) at each location. You should do this by making animated GIF movies by stacking TIF images with NIH_Image for MACs or Image_PC. (Off-site instructions for using these image processing programs are available .) 
 
 

Location Image Data Sets 
Available on-line Soon

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