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Instrumentation at Paranal Observatory: maintaining the instrument suite of five large telescopes and its interferometer alive
Author(s): Gordon Gillet; José Luis Alvarez; Juan Beltrán; Pierre Bourget; Roberto Castillo; Álvaro Diaz; Nicolás Haddad; Alfredo Leiva; Pedro Mardones; Jared O'Neal; Mauricio Ribes; Miguel Riquelme; Pascal Robert; Chester Rojas; Javier Valenzuela
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Paper Abstract

This presentation provides interesting miscellaneous information regarding the instrumentation activities at Paranal Observatory. It introduces the suite of 23 instruments and auxiliary systems that are under the responsibility of the Paranal Instrumentation group, information on the type of instruments, their usage and downtime statistics. The data is based on comprehensive data recorded in the Paranal Night Log System and the Paranal Problem Reporting System whose principles are explained as well. The work organization of the 15 team members around the high number of instruments is laid out, which includes: - Maintaining older instruments with obsolete components - Receiving new instruments and supporting their integration and commissioning - Contributing to future instruments in their developing phase. The assignments of the Instrumentation staff to the actual instruments as well as auxiliary equipment (Laser Guide Star Facility, Mask Manufacturing Unit, Cloud Observation Tool) are explained with respect to responsibility and scheduling issues. The essential activities regarding hardware & software are presented, as well as the technical and organizational developments within the group towards its present and future challenges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77355U (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856218
Show Author Affiliations
Gordon Gillet, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
José Luis Alvarez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Juan Beltrán, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pierre Bourget, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Roberto Castillo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Álvaro Diaz, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nicolás Haddad, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Alfredo Leiva, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pedro Mardones, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Jared O'Neal, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Mauricio Ribes, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Miguel Riquelme, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pascal Robert, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Chester Rojas, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Javier Valenzuela, European Southern Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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