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VLT unit telescopes performance monitoring
Author(s): Vittorio Nurzia
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Paper Abstract

The Unit Telescopes (UT) at the Very Large Telescope (VLT), La Silla Paranal Observatory, are aging beautifully and delivering outstanding performances to the interfacing instruments.

Nevertheless, the introduction of 2nd and 3rd generation instruments comes with the demand of better, more continuous monitoring of key, high level performance.

While some of these demands cannot be met without restoring the commissioning cofiguration, a lot can be done by using the technical and science sensors distributed across the observatory for operational purposes.

This paper means to give an overview of the status quo and illustrate what developments are in sight for the mid-term future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 1070403 (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312049
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Vittorio Nurzia, European Southern Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10704:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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