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Maximizing scientific return at Calar Alto Observatory
Author(s): Roland Gredel
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The following summarises changes in the scientific and technical operation of the Spanish-German astronomical center on Calar Alto which aim to maximise the scientific return. Most importantly, we introduce service observations which have the rationale to complete whenever possible the most highly ranked scientific programmes, and to carry out the programme at the meteorological conditions which are best suited for it. We have started to monitor all instruments using specific calibration plans, and we carry out an optical engineering programme which consists of CO2 cleaning of the telescope mirrors in 1--2 week intervals in order to maintain a high reflectivity and a low scattering at any time. Technical modifications of the 3.5m dome are discussed which now enable a fast and efficient ventilation of the dome before and during observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4844, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III, (2 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460618
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Roland Gredel, Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie and Centro Astrónomico Hispano Alemán (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4844:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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