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There and back again: sharing a major instrument between hemispheres
Author(s): Ronald G. Probst; Timothy M. Abbott; Rolando Cantarutti; Jack Carlson; Philip N. Daly; James R. George; Brooke Gregory; Edward Hileman; Dave Mills; Andrés Montané; Esteban Parkes
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Paper Abstract

As astronomical instruments have increased in complexity, cost and production time, sharing a major instrument between telescopes has become an attractive alternative to duplication. This requires solving technical and logistical problems of transportation, transferring operational support knowledge between on-site staffs, and developing effective responses to in-service problems at a different site. The infrared camera NEWFIRM has been operated for two years on the 4-m Mayall telescope of Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. We have recently temporarily moved it to the 4- m Blanco telescope of Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile for a limited period of operation. We describe here our solutions to the challenges involved in relocating this major in-service cryogenic instrument, with an emphasis on "lessons learned" to date.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77353Z (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857572
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald G. Probst, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Timothy M. Abbott, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Rolando Cantarutti, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Jack Carlson, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Philip N. Daly, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
James R. George, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Brooke Gregory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Edward Hileman, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Dave Mills, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Andrés Montané, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Esteban Parkes, Cerro Tololo Inter-American 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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