15 July 2016 Science operations at Gemini Observatory
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Gemini Observatory operates two 8m telescopes, one on Cerro Pachón in Chile and one on Maunakea Hawai´i, on behalf of an international partnership. The telescopes, their software and supporting infrastructure (and some of the instrumentation) are identical at the two sites. We describe the operation of the observatory, present some key performance indicators, and discuss the outcomes in terms of publications and program completion rates. We describe how recent initiatives have been introduced into the operation in parallel with accommodating a significant budget reduction and changes in the partnership.
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René Rutten, René Rutten, Andy Adamson, Andy Adamson, Sandy Leggett, Sandy Leggett, "Science operations at Gemini Observatory", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99101M (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233826; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233826
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