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Worth its SALT: four years of full science operations with the Southern African Large Telescope
Author(s): Petri Väisänen; Chris Coetzee; Anja Schroeder; Steve M. Crawford; David A. H. Buckley; Janus Brink; Éric Depagne; Alexei Kniazev; Thea Koen; Paul Kotze; Fred Marang; Brent Miszalski; Encarni Romero Colmenero; Ockert Strydom; Veronica Van Wyk; Theodore B. Williams
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Paper Abstract

SALT is a 10-m class optical telescope located in Sutherland, South Africa. We present an update on all observatory performance metrics since the start of full science operations in late 2011, as well as key statistics describing the science efficiency and output of SALT, including the completion fractions of observations per priority class, and analysis of the more than 140 refereed papers to date. After addressing technical challenges and streamlining operations, these first years of full operations at SALT have seen good and consistently increasing rates of completion of high priority observations and, in particular, very cost-effective production of science publications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100T (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232873
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Petri Väisänen, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Chris Coetzee, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Anja Schroeder, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Steve M. Crawford, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
David A. H. Buckley, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Janus Brink, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Éric Depagne, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Alexei Kniazev, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Thea Koen, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Paul Kotze, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Fred Marang, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Brent Miszalski, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Encarni Romero Colmenero, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Ockert Strydom, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Veronica Van Wyk, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Theodore B. Williams, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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