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WHT Quality Control
The aim of the WHT quality-control programme is to characterise and monitor all aspects of telescope performance, in order to detect as early as possible any potential problems (thereby maximising S:N for observers, and minimising downtime).
Before-and-after performance characterisation is of particular importance in connection with two major changes planned at the WHT over the next few years: commissioning of a major new instrument (WEAVE multi-object spectrograph) at prime focus in 2018, and commissioning of a new telescope control system in 2016-17.
Key performance-characterisation results are summarised below, with links to additional quality-control and performance information.
Pointing and tracking performance:
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