8 August 2016 The 6.5-m MMT Telescope: status and plans for the future
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The MMT Observatory, a joint venture of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona, operates the 6.5-m MMT telescope on the summit of Mount Hopkins approximately 45 miles south of Tucson, AZ. The upgraded telescope has been in routine operation for nearly fifteen years and, as such, is a very reliable and productive general purpose astronomical instrument. The telescope can be configured with one of three secondary mirrors that feed more than ten instruments at the Cassegrain focus. In this paper we provide an overview of the the telescope, its current capabilities, and its performance. We will review the existing suite of instruments and their different modes of operation. We will describe some of the general operations challenges and strategies for the Observatory. Finally, we will discuss plans for the near-term future including technical upgrades, new instrumentation and routine queue operation of MMIRS and Binospec.
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G. Grant Williams, R. Ortiz, W. Goble, J. D. Gibson, "The 6.5-m MMT Telescope: status and plans for the future", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99060V (8 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233777; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233777
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