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29 July 2010 Gemini Observatory: five years of multi-instrument queue operations
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Gemini Observatory has operated Gemini North and South in multi-instrument queue mode since 2005. Each telescope has about 85% of the time scheduled for science, of which 90% are in queue mode. More than one instrument is used 75-80% of all science nights. We present on-sky performance data from the last five years: Completion rates for queue programs, open-shutter performance, and acquisition times. Open-shutter performance and acquisition times are competitive with other 8-10 meter-class telescopes for which data are available. We give an overview over how the queue is populated, planned and executed.
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Inger Jorgensen, Bernadette Rodgers, and Dennis R. Crabtree "Gemini Observatory: five years of multi-instrument queue operations", Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 77370J (29 July 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857486
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