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Performance report on FEROS, the new fiber-linked echelle spectrograph at the ESO 1.52-m telescope
Author(s): Andreas Kaufer; Otmar Stahl; Sascha Tubbesing; Preben Norregaard; Gerardo Avila; Patrick Francois; Luca Pasquini; Alessandro Pizzella
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Paper Abstract

FEROS is a new fiber-fed bench-mounted prism-cross dispersed echelle spectrograph which has been recently commissioned at the ESO 1.52-m telescope at La Silla. The opto-mechanical concept and performance predictions have been presented by Kaufer and Pasquini. In this contribution we present the test results as obtained during two commissioning runs in October and December 1998. Special emphasis is given to the measured performance sin efficiency, spectral resolution, straylight contamination, and spectral stability. The definite highlight of the FEROS instrument performance is the high peak detection quantum efficiency of 17 percent at 550nm. These measured numbers include the 20mirror telescope, the fiber link, the instrument, and the detector while the whole wavelength range is covered by a single exposure on a thinned EEV 2k by 4k 15 micron pixel CCD and a constant resolving power of R equals 48.000. In addition the FEROS instrument proved its high spectral stability by radial-velocity observations as carried out on the known radial-velocity standard star (tau) Ceti over a time base of 2 months. By recording a calibration-lamp spectrum in parallel with the object spectrum and by the use of a simple cross-correlation technique, a rms of 21 m/s has been obtained for a data set of 130 individual measurements. FEROS has ben made available to the ESO community in January 1999.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395506
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory and Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Otmar Stahl, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Sascha Tubbesing, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Preben Norregaard, Astronomical Observatory Copenhagen (Denmark)
Gerardo Avila, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Patrick Francois, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Luca Pasquini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Alessandro Pizzella, European Southern Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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