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VST: a dedicated wide-field imaging facility at Paranal
Author(s): Massimo Capaccioli; Dario Mancini; Giorgio Sedmak
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Paper Abstract

This paper is a status report on the VST (VLT Survey Telescope) project, aimed at creating a new-technology wide-field facility at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at Paranal, Chile. The VST telescope is a 2.6 m alt-az reflector built by INAF - Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory (OAC). The camera is a 16k × 16k CCD mosaic provided by the international OmegaCAM consortium. In spite of a recent disastrous event, which caused the loss of the primary mirror while it was transferred from Europe to Chile by ESO, the goal is still that the facility may start to operate in the first quarter of 2004, as planned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 December 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4836, Survey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries, (24 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456771
Show Author Affiliations
Massimo Capaccioli, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi Federico II di Napoli (Italy)
Dario Mancini, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
Giorgio Sedmak, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4836:
Survey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries
J. Anthony Tyson; Sidney Wolff, Editor(s)

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