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Overview of the VLT instrumentation
Author(s): Guy J. Monnet
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Paper Abstract

Instrumentation packages for the new generation of 8 m. class Telescopes aim at delivering global observational capabilities in the most effective way: (1) technically, with 'perfect' individual instruments, (2) observationally with extensive covering of the parameter space and most of the instruments tailored to specific classes of astronomical targets, (3) operationally with reliable, automatic, fast systems linked with an 'adapted-observing' scheduler, and finally, (4) scientifically with flexible observing strategies and target finding capabilities. The ESO VLT with four Unit Telescopes and twelve foci, all but one equipped with a (quasi) permanently mounted instrument, offers a good ground for this challenging task.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316742
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Guy J. Monnet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3355:
Optical Astronomical Instrumentation
Sandro D'Odorico, Editor(s)

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