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Observing with the VLT interferometer
Author(s): Markus Wittkowski; Pascal Ballester; Tim Canavan; Fernando Comeron; Christian A. Hummel; Andreas Kaufer; Stephane Marteau; Gautier Mathys; Sebastien Morel; Petra Nass; Isabelle Percheron; Michele Peron; Monika Petr-Gotzens; Fredrik T. Rantakyro; Andrea Richichi; Markus Schoeller; David Silva; Mario van den Ancker; Anders Wallander
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Paper Abstract

The ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) is the first general-user interferometer that offers near- and mid-infrared long-baseline interferometric observations in service mode as well as visitor mode to the whole astronomical community. Regular VLTI observations with the first scientific instrument, the mid-infrared instrument MIDI, have started in ESO observing period P73, for observations between April and September 2004. The efficient use of the VLTI as a general-user facility implies the need for a well-defined operations scheme. The VLTI follows the established general operations scheme of the other VLT instruments. Here, we present from a users' point of view the VLTI specific aspects of this scheme beginning from the preparation of the proposal until the delivery of the data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550389
Show Author Affiliations
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pascal Ballester, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Tim Canavan, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Fernando Comeron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christian A. Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stephane Marteau, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gautier Mathys, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Sebastien Morel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Petra Nass, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Isabelle Percheron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Michele Peron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Monika Petr-Gotzens, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Fredrik T. Rantakyro, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andrea Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
David Silva, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mario van den Ancker, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Anders Wallander, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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