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VISTA: status and performance
Author(s): J. P. Emerson; W. J. Sutherland
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Paper Abstract

VISTA, the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, is a 4-m class 1.65-degree wide field near-IR survey telescope with 0.34 arcsec pixels. VISTA was successfully commissioned and has been making surveys since 15 October 2009, and was formally accepted as a part of ESO's Cerro Paranal Observatory on 10 December 2009. We summarise the design and build process, report on commissioning and the as-built status. The most novel aspects of the system design have proved to all work well. We report the measured on-sky system performance that confirms that VISTA works as expected.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 773306 (6 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857105
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J. P. Emerson, Queen Mary, Univ. of London (United Kingdom)
W. J. Sutherland, Queen Mary, Univ. of London (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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