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Current status of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope wide field upgrade and VIRUS
Author(s): Richard D. Savage; John A. Booth; Karl Gebhardt; John M. Good; Gary J. Hill; Phillip J. MacQueen; Marc D. Rafal; Michael P. Smith; Brian L. Vattiat
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Paper Abstract

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is an innovative large telescope of 9.2 meter aperture, located in West Texas at the McDonald Observatory. The HET operates with a fixed segmented primary and has a tracker which moves the fourmirror corrector and prime focus instrument package to track the sidereal and non-sidereal motions of objects. A major upgrade of the HET is in progress that will substantially increase the field of view by replacing the corrector, tracker and prime focus instrument package. In addition to supporting the existing suite of instruments, this wide field upgrade will feed a revolutionary new integral field spectrograph called VIRUS, in support of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). This paper discusses the current status of this upgrade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 70120B (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789360
Show Author Affiliations
Richard D. Savage, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
John A. Booth, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Karl Gebhardt, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
John M. Good, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Gary J. Hill, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Phillip J. MacQueen, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Marc D. Rafal, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Michael P. Smith, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Brian L. Vattiat, McDonald Observatory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7012:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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