30 September 2004 First-generation instruments for the Magellan telescopes: characteristics, operation, and performance
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The Magellan Telescopes are a collaboration between the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (OCIW), University of Arizona, Harvard University, University of Michigan, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) consisting of two 6.5 meter telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, in the Chilean Andes. The Walter Baade telescope achieved first light in September 2000 and the Landon Clay telescope started science operations in September 2002. In addition to two modified spectroscopic instruments, the Boller and Chivens Spectrograph and the Low Dispersion Survey Spectrograph (LDSS-2), four first generation instruments are now deployed at the Magellan Telescopes. Here we briefly describe the operations and performance of MagIC - a direct imaging CCD camera, MIKE - a double echelle spectrograph, PANIC - a near-IR imager, and IMACS - a multi-purpose, multi-object imaging spectrograph.
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David J. Osip, Mark M. Phillips, Rebecca Bernstein, Greg Burley, Alan Dressler, James L. Elliot, Eric Persson, Stephen A. Shectman, and Ian Thompson "First-generation instruments for the Magellan telescopes: characteristics, operation, and performance", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552414; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552414
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