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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 1992
  • pp: 6307–6321

Speckle imaging of satellites at the U.S. Air Force Maui Optical Station

T. W. Lawrence, D. M. Goodman, E. M. Johansson, and J. P. Fitch  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 29, pp. 6307-6321 (1992)

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Results are presented from a series of experiments in which the U.S. Air Force Maui Optical Station’s 1.6-m telescope and a bare CCD speckle camera system were used to image satellites at distances of up to 1000 km. A brief overview of the image reconstruction algorithms is presented. The choice of the experiment site and various imaging parameters are described. Power spectra and power spectral signal-to-noise ratio curves that result from imaging several point stars are compared with theory. Reconstructed images of several binary stars are shown as a base-line assessment of our technique. High-quality image reconstructions of an Earth-satellite, the Hubble Space Telescope, are presented. The results confirm that speckle imaging techniques can be used with a bare CCD imaging system to provide a powerful and flexible method for imaging objects of moderate magnitude.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 23, 1991
Published: October 10, 1992

T. W. Lawrence, D. M. Goodman, E. M. Johansson, and J. P. Fitch, "Speckle imaging of satellites at the U.S. Air Force Maui Optical Station," Appl. Opt. 31, 6307-6321 (1992)

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