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The Atmospheric Extinction ProblemAtmospheric extinction, which is one of the main causes of errors in photometry is investigated. The incorrect determination of the extinction coefficient, and its variability, leads to an erroneous measurement. An erroneous extinction coefficient can arise from a number of causes including: (1) instrumental instabilities; (2) too few data points; (3) temporal changes in the atmosphere; and (4) differing airmasses due to components with different scale heights. While it is true that differential measuring techniques can achieve a precision approaching 0.1 percent, at higher levels of precision all of the above causes will be significant sources of error. The conditions that must be met in order to properly determine and correct for atmospheric extinction are discussed.
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Legacy CDMS
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Conference Paper
Angione, R. J.
(San Diego State Univ. San Diego, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1984
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Publication: NASA. Ames Research Center Proc. of the Workshop on Improvements to Photometry
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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