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Experiences from the first AMBER open time observations
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Paper Abstract

The VLTI has been operating for about 5 years using the VINCI instrument first, and later MIDI. In October 2005 (Period 76) the first Science Operations with the AMBER instrument started, with 14 Open Time proposals in the observing queues submitted by the astronomical community. AMBER, the near-infrared/red focal instrument of the VLTI, operates in the bands J, H, and, K (i.e. 1.0 to 2.5 micrometers) with three beams, thus enabling the use of closure phase techniques. Light was fed from the 8m Unit Telescopes (UT). The Instrument was offered with the Low Resolution Mode (JHK) and the Medium Resolution Mode in K-band on the UTs. We will present how the AMBER VLTI Science Operations currently are performed and integrated into the general Paranal Science Operations, using the extensive experience of Service Mode operations performed by the Paranal Science operations and in particular applying the know-how learned from the two years of MIDI Science Operations. We will also be presenting the operational statistics from these first ever Open Time observations with AMBER.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 62681N (28 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671910
Show Author Affiliations
Fredrik T. Rantakyrö, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pascal Ballester, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stephane Brillant, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Gilles Duvert, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Univ. Joseph Fourier/CNRS (France)
Emmanuel Galliano, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Christian Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mario Kiekebusch, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Etienne Le-Coarer, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Univ. Joseph Fourier/CNRS (France)
Tom Licha, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Fabien Malbet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Univ. Joseph Fourier/CNRS (France)
Pedro Mardones, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Florentin Millour, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice, Univ. de Nice/CNRS (France)
Sebastien Morel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Isabelle Percheron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Monika Petr-Gotzens, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Romain Petrov, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice, Univ. de Nice/CNRS (France)
Andrea Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Thomas Rivinius, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Schöller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stan Stefl, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Martin Vannier, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gerard Zins, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Univ. Joseph Fourier/CNRS (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6268:
Advances in Stellar Interferometry
John D. Monnier; Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi, Editor(s)

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