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21 March 1997 Gemini instrumentation program overview
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Proceedings Volume 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow; (1997)
Event: Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, 1996, Landskrona/Hven, Sweden
Exploiting instrument platforms like the current generation of 8 - 10 m class telescopes represents a new era in instrument design, construction, handling, and use. Gemini's instruments are no exception to this revolution. For example, since at least 50% of Gemini's observing time will be queue scheduled, Cassegrain-mounted instruments will effectively remain on- line, ready to be called into service for typically months at a time with minimal delay to match observing programs with changing conditions. Furthermore, effective instrument emissivities of less than 1% will be needed to take advantage of the very low emissivity of the telescopes. Here we report on the technical status of the phase I instruments, describe attention being given to the total system performance of the telescopes and instruments, and list some of the considerations going into the phase II instrument program.
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Douglas A. Simons, Fred C. Gillett, and Richard J. McGonegal "Gemini instrumentation program overview", Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997);


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