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Elevation Tracking Report


By admin - Posted on 29 January 2009

The MMT elevation tracking has been evaluated for the 3rd trimester of 2008 and was found to be at a median of 0.065″ +/- 0.04″. There is a lower limit to the tracking smoothness at about 0.02″, or +/- 2 encoder counts, with a non-linear dependence on the tracking rate. Wind rejection remains an issue, with tracking degradation a (nearly linear) function of the wind speed, regardless of the telescope position. However, positions at high elevation angles away from the prevailing wind are more favourable, as the following 3D plot with RMS error population as a surface over elevation and relative wind angle shows.

Error Distribution Over Relative Azimuth and ElevationError Distribution Over Relative Azimuth and Elevation RMS Error HistogramRMS Error Histogram