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Versatile multi-object spectroscopy with FORS at the ESO Very Large Telescope
Author(s): Wolfgang Mitsch; Gero Rupprecht; Walter Seifert; Harald E. Nicklas; Swen Kiesewetter
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Paper Abstract

The focal reducer and low dispersion spectrograph FORS which is presently under construction for the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) will be an all dioptric focal reducer instrument designed for direct imaging, low-dispersion multi object spectroscopy, imaging and spectropolarimetry of faint objects. A central mechanical component of FORS is the multi object spectroscopy (MOS) unit. The design and the observation capabilities of the MOS are described. Further details on the whole instrument are given in [1]. Two identical copies of the instrument will be built by a consortium of three astronomical institutes (Landessterwarte Heidelberg and the Unviersity Observatories of Gottingen and Munich) under contract and in cooeration with ESO. The instruments will be installed at the Cassegrain foci of two unit telescopes of the VLT.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2198, Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176709
Show Author Affiliations
Wolfgang Mitsch, Univ.-Sternwarte Muenchen (Germany)
Gero Rupprecht, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Walter Seifert, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Harald E. Nicklas, Univ.-Sternwarte Goettingen (Germany)
Swen Kiesewetter, Univ.-Sternwarte Muenchen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2198:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII
David L. Crawford; Eric R. Craine, Editor(s)

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