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Gemini Observatory: five years of multi-instrument queue operations
Author(s): Inger Jorgensen; Bernadette Rodgers; Dennis R. Crabtree
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Paper Abstract

Gemini Observatory has operated Gemini North and South in multi-instrument queue mode since 2005. Each telescope has about 85% of the time scheduled for science, of which 90% are in queue mode. More than one instrument is used 75-80% of all science nights. We present on-sky performance data from the last five years: Completion rates for queue programs, open-shutter performance, and acquisition times. Open-shutter performance and acquisition times are competitive with other 8-10 meter-class telescopes for which data are available. We give an overview over how the queue is populated, planned and executed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 77370J (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857486
Show Author Affiliations
Inger Jorgensen, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Bernadette Rodgers, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Dennis R. Crabtree, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Hertzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7737:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III
David R. Silva; Alison B. Peck; B. Thomas Soifer, Editor(s)

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