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Beam-splitter Wheel

NIRI Optical Overview - Beam-splitter Wheel

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The NIRI beam-splitter wheel contains three beam-splitters to direct the science beam and OIWFS (On-instrument wavefront sensor) beam to the appropriate on-board instruments. The beam-splitters are flat mirrors of different sizes to allow the OIWFS beam for each camera, f/6, f/14 and f/32, to be picked off without modifying the science

Entrance Window

NIRI Optical Overview - Entrance Window
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Gemini Telescope

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On Gemini, science instruments are mounted at the cassegrain focus below the 8.2 meter primary mirror. The picture below shows a schematic of the telescope and specifically the bottom end where instruments are mounted. The f/16 telescope beam passes through the 1.18 meter diameter central primary hole, through the Acquisition &

OT Library

The Observing Tool libraries contain "pieces" of observations e.g. commonly used configurations, sequences, standard calibrations and ancillary information which may be copy-and-pasted into a new observation. The intent of these libraries is to speed the development of new science programs. As observing procedures and instrumental configurations may change from semester to semester (installation of new GCAL filters, for instance), it is advisable that PIs download the most recent libraries when defining new observations.

Announcement to T-ReCS Users in Semester 2002A

Phil Puxley, Gemini Associate Director

22 February 2002

Progress is being made at the University of Florida towards preparing T-ReCS for pre-ship acceptance tests prior to its delivery to Gemini. Although substantially improved, issues remain with flexure and elevated system noise. In addition, several key measurements such as the internal cryostat background and characterisation of the science-grade detector have yet to be carried out.

T-ReCS Mounted on Gemini South

13 May 2003

After three weeks of integration and testing on Cerro Pachon, T-ReCS was successfully mounted on the Gemini South telescope today. The initial on-telescope test results show the same detector and optical characteristics as measured in the lab. First-light is scheduled for early June.