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Gemini Planet Imager (GPI): Cleared for Shipment to Gemini South!

In a milestone statement distributed moments ago by the GPI Pre-delivery Acceptance Review Committee, Chair Stephen Goodsell announced that GPI is now clear for shipment from the University of California Santa Cruz to Gemini South in Chile.The Committee’s final report is slated for release on July 26th, but a statement sumarizing the results of the review is available now - GPI Review Committee: Final Day Statement  41 KB

 

Gemini e-Newscast #29 -- March 2, 2011

Quasar feedback measured

Observing Constraints

To reach the desired instrument performance GPI is constrained both in the suitable weather conditions and the elevation of the target being observed. 

Baseline Calibrations

Baseline calibrations include:

 

  1. GCAL flat field
  2. GCAL ThAr arc
  3. Biases
  4. Flux standard star 

 

TEXES (North)

Overview of TEXES' Capabilities

TEXES, the Texas Echelon Cross Echelle Spectrograph is a high resolution (R ~ 4,000-100,000) mid-infrared (5-25 micron) spectrometer, which was first offered at Gemini North as a visitor instrument in Semester 2006B. TEXES will be available at Gemini North as a visitor instrument in Semester 2014B.

Announcements

See the Status and Availability page for important information on using TEXES at Gemini.

New version of the Gemini IRAF package released (v1.13)

A new version of the Gemini IRAF package (v1.13) has been released. This version is required for processing GMOS-S Hamamatsu CCD data and includes configuration files and examples. Please see the Processing Software page for more information.

Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New version of the Gemini IRAF package released (v1.13)
January 30, 2014

DD and PW proposals require 2015A PIT

Director's Discretionary (DD) and Poor Weather (PW) proposals must use the 2015A PIT. See the PIT Version Table for more information and download links.

Gemini’s "Fast Turnaround" Observing Mode is LIVE!

OT Target Name Resolution Offline

The Observing Tool target name search triggered by the magnifying glass button to the right of the target name entry box is currently offline due to a hardware failure at the CADC. We will release an updated OT in February which points to a new server.