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First Light of the GLAS Laser Beacon

ING web news release
7th June, 2007

The GLAS laser beam produces a bright star-like beacon at an elevation of some 15 kilometres above the observatory. This beacon is used to sense the wavefront distortions due to the atmosphere that are subsequently corrected by the Adaptive Optics system. Full operation of the GLAS laser and the NAOMI Adaptive Optics system is anticipated for fall of 2007.

Credit: Jure Skvarc, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma [ JPEG ].

Credit: Tibor Agocs, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma [ JPEG ].

Credit: Tibor Agocs, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma [ JPEG ].

Credit: Javier Méndez, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma [ JPEG | TIFF ].

Credit: Javier Méndez, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma [ JPEG | TIFF ].



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