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The 6.5-m MMT Telescope: status and plans for the future
Author(s): G. Grant Williams; R. Ortiz; W. Goble; J. D. Gibson
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Paper Abstract

The MMT Observatory, a joint venture of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona, operates the 6.5-m MMT telescope on the summit of Mount Hopkins approximately 45 miles south of Tucson, AZ. The upgraded telescope has been in routine operation for nearly fifteen years and, as such, is a very reliable and productive general purpose astronomical instrument. The telescope can be configured with one of three secondary mirrors that feed more than ten instruments at the Cassegrain focus. In this paper we provide an overview of the the telescope, its current capabilities, and its performance. We will review the existing suite of instruments and their different modes of operation. We will describe some of the general operations challenges and strategies for the Observatory. Finally, we will discuss plans for the near-term future including technical upgrades, new instrumentation and routine queue operation of MMIRS and Binospec.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99060V (8 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233777
Show Author Affiliations
G. Grant Williams, MMT Observatory (United States)
R. Ortiz, MMT Observatory (United States)
W. Goble, MMT Observatory (United States)
J. D. Gibson, MMT Observatory (United States)


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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