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Dedicated calibration facility for the Gemini Telescopes
Author(s): Suzanne K. Ramsay-Howat; John W. Harris; Richard J. Bennett
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Paper Abstract

Reliable calibration of astronomical data from large telescopes is an essential factor in obtaining high sensitivity observations for both the astronomer at the telescope and the archive researcher. A dedicated calibration unit provides an efficient and predictable method of observing calibration frames. Such a facility is being designed for the Gemini telescopes. It is required to calibrate instruments with wavelengths from the UV to the infrared, covering a broad range of both spectral and spatial resolution. We present the design of this calibration unit and the predicted performance with the 'first-light' Gemini instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.269005
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Suzanne K. Ramsay-Howat, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
John W. Harris, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Richard J. Bennett, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)


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

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