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Title: Installation of solar chromospheric telescope at the Indian Astronomical Observatory, Merak
Authors: Ravindra, B
Prabhu, K
Thulasidharen, K. C
Rajalingam, M
Sagayanathan, K
Kamath, P. U
Dorjey, N
Angchuk, D
Kemkar, P. M. M
Dorjai, T
Banyal, R. K
Keywords: Sun: chromosphere;Sun: Hα telescope;Sun: Hα surge
Issue Date: Oct-2018
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Citation: Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, Vol. 39, No. 5, 60
Abstract: We report the observations of the solar chromosphere from a newly commissioned solar telescope at the incursion site near Pangong Tso lake in Merak (Leh/Ladakh). This new Hα telescope at the Merak site is identical to the Kodaikanal Hα telescope. The telescope was installed in the month of August 2017 at the Merak site. The telescope consists of a 20-cm doublet lens with additional re-imaging optics. A Lyot filter with 0.5 Å passband isolates the Balmer line of the hydrogen spectra to make the observations of the solar chromosphere. The observations made in Hα wavelength delineates the magnetic field directions at the sunspot and the quiet regions. A CCD detector records the images of the chromosphere with a pixel resolution of 0.27′′ and covers 9.2′ field-of-view. This telescope has a good guiding system that keeps the FoV in the intended position. We report the development of control software for tuning the filter unit, control detector system, observations and calibration of the data to make it useful for the scientific community. Some preliminary results obtained from the Merak Hα telescope are also presented. This high altitude facility is a timely addition to regularly obtain Hα images around the globe.
Description: Open Access
ISSN: 0250-6335
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