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The Blanco Telescope and its instruments: a status report
Author(s): Timothy M. C. Abbott; Alistair R. Walker; Sean D. Points; David J. James; Brooke Gregory; Roberto Tighe; Nicole David; Esteban Parkes; Rolando Cantarutti; Michael Warner; Omar Estay; Manuel Martínez; Marco Bonati; Edison Bustos; Andrés Montané; Freddy Muñoz ; Patricio Schurter
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Paper Abstract

In recent years the V. M. Blanco 4-m telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) has been renovated for use as a platform for a completely new suite of instruments: DECam, a 520-megapixel optical imager, COSMOS, a multi-object optical imaging spectrograph, and ARCoIRIS, a near-infrared imaging spectrograph. This has had considerable impact, both internally to CTIO and for its wider community of observers. In this paper, we report on the performance of the renovated facility, ongoing improvements, lessons learned during the deployment of the new instruments, how practical operations have adapted to them, unexpected phenomena and subsequent responses. We conclude by discussing the role for the Blanco telescope in the era of LSST and the new generation of extremely large telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99064D (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232723
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy M. C. Abbott, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Alistair R. Walker, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Sean D. Points, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
David J. James, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Brooke Gregory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Roberto Tighe, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Nicole David, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Esteban Parkes, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Rolando Cantarutti, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Michael Warner, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Omar Estay, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Manuel Martínez, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Marco Bonati, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Edison Bustos, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Andrés Montané, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Freddy Muñoz , Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Patricio Schurter, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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