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20 October 2004 VLTI science operations at Paranal
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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.
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Fredrik T. Rantakyro, Emmanuel Galliano, Christian A. Hummel, Andreas Kaufer, Pierre Kervella, Sebastien Morel, Markus Schoeller, Martin Vannier, and Markus Wittkowski "VLTI science operations at Paranal", Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004);

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