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Commissioning and early operations of the Large Binocular Telescope
Author(s): Richard F. Green; John M. Hill; James H. Slagle; Joar Brynnel; Norman J. Cushing; R. Mark Wagner; Marco Pedani; David Thompson
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Paper Abstract

By June 2008, The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory will have supported two full semesters of observing with prime focus imaging. Interspersed were optical alignment and initiation of binocular mode for the prime focus, as well as installation and initial commissioning of the first bent Gregorian focal station. We examine the lost time statistics and distribution of issues that reduced on-sky access in the context of the limited technical support provided for observing. We also note some of the restrictions imposed by the alternation of engineering and commissioning activities with scheduled observing time. The goal is to apply the lessons learned to the continuing period of observation plus commissioning anticipated as new spectroscopic, adaptive optics, and interferometric capabilities are added through 2010.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70160A (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790137
Show Author Affiliations
Richard F. Green, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
John M. Hill, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
James H. Slagle, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
Joar Brynnel, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
Norman J. Cushing, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
R. Mark Wagner, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
Marco Pedani, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
David Thompson, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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