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Visitor instruments in the ESO Very Large Telescope Observatory in Paranal
Author(s): Pascal Robert
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Paper Abstract

This paper is presenting the implementation of the concept of a Visitor Instrument at the Very Large Telescope observatory of ESO at Paranal. The focus on the Nasmyth A of Melipal UT#3 (8m telescope) is dedicated to receive these Visitor Instruments. This concept consists in the installation of an Instrument at the Visitor focus for an observation run for a limited period of time, and then to remove the instrument. The selection of the instrument is done according to its scientific and innovative outcome compared to the other ESO instruments already existing in the observatory. Once granted an observation run of several nights, the visitor Instrument has to show its compliance with the requirements of Paranal Observatory. Then the implementation and integration of the Visitor Instrument are scheduled according to the needs of the Institute who developed the instrument. The instrument is installed at Paranal with the support of ESO staff. The Visitor Instrument can be operated in 2 different modes according to its level of compliance to the ESO specifications. Immediately after the observation run is finished, the instrument is removed from the Visitor Focus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70145R (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.786607
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Pascal Robert, VLT Observatory, European Southern Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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