DAG telescope site studies and infrastructure for possible international co-operations

YERLİ S. K., YEŞİLYAPRAK C., Keskin O., Alis S.

Conference on Observatory Operations - Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, Edinburgh, Saint Helena, 27 June - 01 July 2016, vol.9910 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 9910
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.2234384
  • City: Edinburgh
  • Country: Saint Helena
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The selected site for the 4 m DAG (Eastern Anatolian Observatory in Turkish) telescope is at "Karakaya Ridge", at 3170 m altitude (3150 m after summit management). The telescope's optical design is performed by the DAG technical team to allow infrared observation at high angular resolution, with its adaptive optics system to be built in Turkey. In this paper; a brief introduction about DAG telescope design; planned instrumentation; the meteorological data collected from 2008, clear night counts, short-term DIMM observations; current infrastructure to hold auxiliary telescopes; auxiliary buildings to assist operations; the observatory design; and coating unit plans will be presented along with possible collaboration possibilities in terms of instrumentation and science programs.