Han B., Owen T., Brahic A., Dumas C., Roddier F., Roddier C.,
Northcott M., Graves J. E., O'Connor D.
Ground-based Near-Infrared Adaptive-Optics Imaging of the Surface of Titan
We present preliminary results of imaging of the surface of Titan
undertaken using the Canada-France-Hawaii 3.6 meter telescope
at Mauna Kea Observatories utilizing the University of Hawaii Adaptive
Optics System. Images were obtained in December 1994 and August 1995 in
several filters between 1 and 2 microns. The wavelength coverage nicely
complements the images obtained by Smith et al on the Hubble Space
Telescope in 1994.
Although orbital coverage is incomplete, we appear to corroborate
the existence of the bright feature seen near eastern elongation
by Smith et al and may have observed a previously undetected
feature near western elongation.
Development of the AO system is funded by NSF Grant AST-9020560.
Data reduction is funded by NASA Grant JPL-959217.