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Progress with 6dF: a multi-object spectroscopy system for all-sky surveys
Author(s): Frederick G. Watson; Quentin Andrew Parker; Gabriella Bogatu; Tony J. Farrell; Brian E. Hingley; Stan Miziarski
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Paper Abstract

6dF is a fully-automated front-end for the multi-object fiber-coupled spectroscopy system of the UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST). It is a magnetic pick-place system with an positioning robot, and it will replace the manually- configured FLAIR front-end that has been operated on the telescope in its present form since 1992. The one-hour reconfiguration time of 6dF makes a range of projects possible that could not be contemplated with FLAIR. Most notable of these is the 6dF Galaxy Survey, a two-part survey of redshifts and peculiar velocities that will become the main task of the Schmidt-Telescope once 6dF is commissioned late in 2000. This will eventually lead to a determination of the large-scale distribution of mass density in the local Universe, which will be a significant achievement for a telescope in the 1-m class. The instrument will be capable of carrying out other survey projects, and 6dF spectroscopy will be the UKSTs main science product for at least the next five years. A notable aspect of 6dF has been the very rapid progress made in its construction by the Anglo-Australian Observatory's Instrumentation Division.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395490
Show Author Affiliations
Frederick G. Watson, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Quentin Andrew Parker, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Gabriella Bogatu, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Tony J. Farrell, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Brian E. Hingley, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Stan Miziarski, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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