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Mixing completion, commissioning, and operations at the LBT
Author(s): Richard F. Green; John M. Hill; Joar Brynnel; James H. Slagle; David S. Ashby; Norman J. Cushing; John K. Little; R. Mark Wagner
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Paper Abstract

As of July 2012, the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory is supporting scientific observing 60% of the time with binocular prime focus imaging, single-sided optical and near-IR imaging and spectroscopy, and adaptive optics imaging. Interspersed in the last year were installation and commissioning of the second adaptive optics system and recommissioning of the LUCI near-IR instrument with a replacement detector. Initial commissioning of mid-IR interferometry is underway as well. 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 discuss some of the root causes of and responses to a critical operational readiness review. The manner in which programs are selected and scheduled for the different partners is reviewed. 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 2015.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 844815 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927272
Show Author Affiliations
Richard F. Green, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
John M. Hill, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
Joar Brynnel, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
James H. Slagle, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
David S. Ashby, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
Norman J. Cushing, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
John K. Little, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
R. Mark Wagner, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8448:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Fernando Comeron, Editor(s)

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