6 August 2014 AO operations at Gemini South
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The 8m Gemini South telescope is entering an exciting new era of AO operations, which put it at the forefront of astronomical AO in terms of both wide field AO, and extreme-AO systems. Major milestones achieved were the successful commissioning of GeMS, in 2012, and GPI, in late 2013 and early 2014. Currently we are operating two of the worlds most advanced astronomical AO systems. Gemini, running primarily in queue, must balance the promise of AO with the demands of the community to use non-AO instruments. We discuss the current state of the two AO systems, and their operational models. The preparations that go into planning each AO run, the difficulties in scheduling around non-AO instruments, and the differences between scheduling LGS AO and non-LGS AO are discussed.
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Eduardo Marin, Eduardo Marin, Andrew Cardwell, Andrew Cardwell, Peter Pessev, Peter Pessev, } "AO operations at Gemini South", Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 914924 (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055637; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055637
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