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Observation preparation software for LINC-NIRVANA
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Paper Abstract

LINC-NIRVANA is a Fizeau Interferometer using the two 8.4 m mirrors of LBT in the combined focus. The images can be obtained in K, H and J Band over a 10" × 10" Field of View by means of Multi-Conjugated Adaptive Optics (MCAO) and a Fringe and Flexure Tracker System (FFTS). In interferometry, the planning of observations is much more tightly connected to the reduction of data than in traditional astronomy. Such observations need to be carefully prepared, taking into account the constraints imposed by scientific objectives as well as features of the instrument. The Observation Preparation Software (OPS), currently under development at MPIA, is a tool to support an astronomer (observer) in the complex process of preparing the observations for LINC-NIRVANA. The main goal of this tool is to provide the observer with an idea what he or she can do and what to expect under given conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6270, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, 627011 (30 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671376
Show Author Affiliations
Aleksei Pavlov, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Wolfgang Gässler, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Carmelo Arcidiacono, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Jürgen Berwein, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Florian Briegel, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Eva Schinnerer, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Tom Herbst, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6270:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems
David R. Silva; Rodger E. Doxsey, Editor(s)

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