Elevation Tracking Report

Leave a Comment 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.