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The ESO Paranal Instrumentation Programme
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The Paranal Instrumentation Programme is responsible for planning and delivering the instruments and the associated infrastructures needed to keep the VLT and La Silla Observatories at the forefront of ground-based astronomy. With the commissioning of the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF), ESPRESSO, and the two VLTI instruments GRAVITY and MATISSE, all second generation VLT instruments have been brought to the observatory and are close to completion. All these instruments and facilities are offered to the users. By keeping the foreseen roadmap (start one new instrument or upgrade every year), the programme is now completing the CRIRES upgrade and the AO systems for the four VLTI Auxiliary Telescopes (NAOMI), integrating the two MOS Instruments MOONS and 4MOST, as well as the AO infrared imager and IFU ERIS. The strategy for la Silla is to dedicate the 3.6m telescope to exo-planet science, by adding the NIRPS spectrograph to the existing HARPS; and to dedicate the NTT to transient science thanks to the new instrument SOXS. Finally, the programme launched a Call for Proposal to study a visible AO imager 7 spectrograph for the Nasmyth focus of the AOF.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 1070204 (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313075
Show Author Affiliations
Luca Pasquini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Norbert Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10702:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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