20 October 2004 Observing with the VLT interferometer
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The ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) is the first general-user interferometer that offers near- and mid-infrared long-baseline interferometric observations in service mode as well as visitor mode to the whole astronomical community. Regular VLTI observations with the first scientific instrument, the mid-infrared instrument MIDI, have started in ESO observing period P73, for observations between April and September 2004. The efficient use of the VLTI as a general-user facility implies the need for a well-defined operations scheme. The VLTI follows the established general operations scheme of the other VLT instruments. Here, we present from a users' point of view the VLTI specific aspects of this scheme beginning from the preparation of the proposal until the delivery of the data.
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Markus Wittkowski, Pascal Ballester, Tim Canavan, Fernando Comeron, Christian A. Hummel, Andreas Kaufer, Stephane Marteau, Gautier Mathys, Sebastien Morel, Petra Nass, Isabelle Percheron, Michele Peron, Monika Petr-Gotzens, Fredrik T. Rantakyro, Andrea Richichi, Markus Schoeller, David Silva, Mario van den Ancker, Anders Wallander, "Observing with the VLT interferometer", Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550389; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550389


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