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Early performance and present status of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Author(s): Lawrence W. Ramsey; Mark T. Adams; Thomas G. Barnes III; John A. Booth; Mark E. Cornell; James R. Fowler; Niall I. Gaffney; John W. Glaspey; John M. Good; Gary J. Hill; Philip W. Kelton; Victor L. Krabbendam; Larry Edwin Long; Phillip J. MacQueen; Frank B. Ray; Randall L. Ricklefs; J. Sage; Thomas A. Sebring; William J. Spiesman; M. Steiner
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Paper Abstract

The Hobby-Eberly telescope (HET) is a recently completed 9- meter telescope designed to specialize in spectroscopy. It saw first light in December 1996 and during July 1997, it underwent its first end-to-end testing acquiring its first spectra of target objects. We review the basic design of the HET. In addition we summarize the performance of the telescope used with a commissioning spherical aberration correlator and spectrograph, the status of science operations and plans for the implementation of the final spherical aberration corrector and facility class instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3352, Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI, (25 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319287
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence W. Ramsey, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Mark T. Adams, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Thomas G. Barnes III, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
John A. Booth, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Mark E. Cornell, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
James R. Fowler, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Niall I. Gaffney, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
John W. Glaspey, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
John M. Good, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Gary J. Hill, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Philip W. Kelton, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Victor L. Krabbendam, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (Chile)
Larry Edwin Long, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Phillip J. MacQueen, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Frank B. Ray, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Randall L. Ricklefs, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
J. Sage, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
Thomas A. Sebring, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
William J. Spiesman, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)
M. Steiner, Univ. of Texas McDonald Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3352:
Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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