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Subaru Telescope: status report
Author(s): Hiroyasu Ando
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Paper Abstract

Subaru telescope has been commissioned in December, 1998 and received its first light in January, 1999. After that, we concentrated on restoring the initial mechanical misalignments and the bug fixing in control system software. Along with these efforts in the telescope, eight instruments including AO have been commissioned one by one over the next two years. In the end, Open-use of Subaru telescope to the community has started partially in December, 2000 and in a full scale in April, 2002. Here, we report our experience in commissioning and adjusting the telescope mechanics and the control system and also make comments on some important issues. We demonstrate how the telescope was tuned by showing the telescope time allocation table. The detailed report on telescope performance will be discussed in the following talk. We briefly discuss the effect of our unique shape of enclosure to the image size by showing seeing statistics. The detailed discussion is presented elsewhere in this conference. The current status of the eight instruments is also summarized to show our capability in scientific activity. We finally review the current operational system and discuss some future attempts for more efficient operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (22 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.458219
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Hiroyasu Ando, Subaru Telescope/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4837:
Large Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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