19 August 2016 LINC-NIRVANA at LBT: final preparations for first light
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LINC-NIRVANA is an innovative, high-resolution near-infrared imager for the Large Binocular Telescope. Its Multi- Conjugate Adaptive Optics system uses natural guide-stars and provides high sky coverage for single-eye, binocular, and eventually, interferometric observations. We report on final lab integration and system level testing, as well as technical and logistical challenges of shipping and installing a large, delicate, complex instrument. LINC-NIRVANA is currently at LBT undergoing final alignment and tests before First Light late this fall. Managing the transition to operations involves the interactions between telescope alignment and calibration, commissioning of the instrument, and executing the Early Science plan.
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T. M. Herbst, R. Ragazzoni, T. Bertram, P. Bizenberger, F. Briegel, R. Hofferbert, M. Kürster, "LINC-NIRVANA at LBT: final preparations for first light", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99080N (19 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232707; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232707
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