28 September 2004 Paranal: the VLT and VLTI in operation
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Proceedings Volume 5489, Ground-based Telescopes; (2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560804
Event: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2004, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Abstract
The first of the Unit telescopes of the VLT has now been in operation for 5 years. The complete array has been producing scientific results since 2001 and the VLTI has in the past few months celebrated common user status with MIDI on the Unit telescopes. With the first of four auxiliary telescope already on site and VST and VISTA in construction, Paranal observatory is rapidly reaching maturity. Combining the power of these facilities with service observing and full user support the VLT is already having a significant impact on astronomy. In this paper we review our operations and present some metrics of what we believe is success.
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Jason Spyromilio, Roberto Gilmozzi, Roberto Tamai, "Paranal: the VLT and VLTI in operation", Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560804; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.560804
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