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FEROS: the new fiber-linked echelle spectrograph for the ESO 1.52-m telescope
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FEROS is a new fiber-fed bench-mounted prism crossdispersed echelle spectrograph for the ESO 1.52-m telescope at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in La Silla, Chile. It works with a 79 lines/mm R2 echelle grating in quasi-Littrow mode and in white pupil configuration. With two fibers of 100 micrometer core diameter for the object and the nearby sky, the complete optical spectrum from 370 - 860 nm is recorded in one single exposure on a 2k X 4k thinned CCD with 15 micrometer pixels. Therefore, the instrument can work in a fixed configuration on the optical bench without movable parts besides the CCD shutter mechanics. For the highest-possible opto-mechanical stability. FEROS will be housed in a temperature and humidity controlled room in the former Coude room of the telescope. The resolving power of R equals 48,000 is reached by the use of a newly designed two-slice image slicer which is fed by the two fibers. Alternatively, the sky fiber can be illuminated with a calibration lamp during the whole object exposure to monitor the spectrograph's residual motions for high-precision radial-velocity work. FEROS is built for ESO by a consortium of four European astronomical institutes under the leadership of the Landessternwarte Heidelberg, Germany. Further members of the consortium are the Astronomical Observatory Copenhagen, Denmark, the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, and the Observatoire de Paris/Meudon, France. It is planned that FEROS will be fully operational at the ESO 1.52-m telescope in December 1998 and will be available to the community in early 1999.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316798
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Kaufer, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Luca Pasquini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3355:
Optical Astronomical Instrumentation
Sandro D'Odorico, Editor(s)

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