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Gemini instrumentation program overview
Author(s): Douglas A. Simons; Fred C. Gillett; Richard J. McGonegal
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Paper Abstract

Exploiting instrument platforms like the current generation of 8 - 10 m class telescopes represents a new era in instrument design, construction, handling, and use. Gemini's instruments are no exception to this revolution. For example, since at least 50% of Gemini's observing time will be queue scheduled, Cassegrain-mounted instruments will effectively remain on- line, ready to be called into service for typically months at a time with minimal delay to match observing programs with changing conditions. Furthermore, effective instrument emissivities of less than 1% will be needed to take advantage of the very low emissivity of the telescopes. Here we report on the technical status of the phase I instruments, describe attention being given to the total system performance of the telescopes and instruments, and list some of the considerations going into the phase II instrument program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.268993
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas A. Simons, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Fred C. Gillett, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Richard J. McGonegal, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2871:
Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow
Arne L. Ardeberg, Editor(s)

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