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First diffraction-limited images at VLT with NAOS and CONICA
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Paper Abstract

In November 2001, the VLT has been equipped for the first time with an adaptive optics system, NAOS. NAOS has been designed to provide good image quality over a wide range of conditions, allowing thus a large variety of astrophysical programs, from Solar System to extragalactic studies. NAOS feeds a camera CONICA which provides imaging, coronagraphic, spectroscopic and polarimetric capabilities between 1 and 5 microns. NAOS and CONICA (hereafter NACO) have been commissioned over the past months. We present in this paper the first images recorded by NACO during the commissioning period, illustrating the capabilities of this new instrument.

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Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461892
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Anne-Marie Lagrange, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
G. Chauvin, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Thierry Fusco, ONERA (France)
Eric Gendron, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Daniel Rouan, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Markus Hartung, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Francois Lacombe, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
David Mouillet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Gerard Rousset, ONERA (France)
Pierre Drossart, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Rainer Lenzen, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Claire Moutou, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Wolfgang Brandner, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Norbert N. Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Yann Clenet, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Andrea Stolte, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Rainer Schoedel, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Gerard Zins, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jason Spyromilio, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4841:
Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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