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Paper Abstract

The VLTI now has performed three years of science operations using the VINCI instrument since the first fringes on a star were obtained on March 17, 2001. Since December 5th, 2001, shared risk science observations have been performed with VINCI. In April 2004 (period 73) we have started science operations with the MIDI instrument. Subsequently both the AMBER instrument and the Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs) will be also running under the science Operations at Paranal and offered to the astronomical community. We will present how the VLTI Science operations currently are performed and integrated into the general Paranal Science Operations scheme, using the extensive experience of Service Mode operations performed by the Paranal Science operations group. We focus on the execution of the Service mode operations, how they are planned, performed, evaluated, and processed and the data finally sent to ESO Garching. The near future developments are also presented and how the new instruments and telescopes will be integrated into the Paranal Science Operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550059
Show Author Affiliations
Fredrik T. Rantakyro, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Emmanuel Galliano, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Christian A. Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pierre Kervella, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Sebastien Morel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Martin Vannier, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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