National Solar Observatories, Sacramento Peak

Data Center Description
The National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, (village of
Sunspot) lies in New Mexico at the southern end of NM Scenic
Byway 6563. For more than half a century this location, high
above Alamogordo, NM, has been known for its excellent daytime
sky quality, both in terms of transparency and seeing.

The Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) takes advantage of
these conditions to make high-resolution observations of the
Sun. The DST is the finest instrument of its kind in the
world. With 0.2 arc-seconds resolution, the DST has revealed
many intricacies of the surface features on the Sun imposed by
the complex magnetic fields that dominate that region. The DST
is equipped with a wide range of excellent instrumentation, such
as the Universal Birefringent Filter and Echelle
Spectrograph. The DST has also served as the test bed for the
ongoing development of the next generation of solar
instrumentation. This new instrumentation includes adaptive
optics systems that will greatly reduce the effects of seeing on
the solar image.

The superb sky quality at Sacramento Peak makes it an ideal spot
to study the solar corona.

[Summary provided by The National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak.]