24 December 2002 VST: a dedicated wide-field imaging facility at Paranal
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This paper is a status report on the VST (VLT Survey Telescope) project, aimed at creating a new-technology wide-field facility at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at Paranal, Chile. The VST telescope is a 2.6 m alt-az reflector built by INAF - Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory (OAC). The camera is a 16k × 16k CCD mosaic provided by the international OmegaCAM consortium. In spite of a recent disastrous event, which caused the loss of the primary mirror while it was transferred from Europe to Chile by ESO, the goal is still that the facility may start to operate in the first quarter of 2004, as planned.
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Massimo Capaccioli, Dario Mancini, Giorgio Sedmak, "VST: a dedicated wide-field imaging facility at Paranal", Proc. SPIE 4836, Survey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries, (24 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456771; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.456771
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