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Status and Availability

Status and Availability

GRACES will be installed and improved over the 2015A semester. It will be offered as Visiting instrument for 2015B.

GRACES will be offered in blocks of nights. These blocks will be decided according to ESPaDOnS availability. You can have a look at the current Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)'s observing schedule here, but please note that the schedule for each semester is prepared at about the same time as for Gemini. It is therefore impossible to know at the time of a call for proposal when GRACES will be available during the corresponding semester. 

Note that ESPaDOnS is schedule for 2-3 runs of ~2 weeks each semester at CFHT. This leaves about 4 months when GRACES can be offered at Gemini each semester. However, only 1.5 of those 4 mothns are going to be in bright time, since most of the ESPaDOnS runs are scheduled during the brightest moon phases. Because the GRACES cassette containing the fiber injectors will be inserted in the same rack which supports the GMOS IFUs, it will not be possible to use both on the same night. Since IFU obsevations usually require lower backgroud, they will have priorities over GRACES during dark time. On the good side, swapping between the IFUs and the GRACES cassette can be done quickly and fairly easily during day time. All that considered, we can estimate that GRACES could be available at the telescope for up to a quarter of each semester.

 

Latest News

January 12, 2015

A MoU for the use of ESPaDOnS by Gemini is signed between CFHT, Gemini and the CNRS.

Nov 14, 2014

GRACES phase II is approved. 

May 16, 2014

GRACES phase I is completed!

January 18, 2014

The two 270m science fiber are made, and are in specs with a 20% focal ratio degradation (with the bare fiber polished ends)!

October 30, 2013

First major milestone is reached! FiberTech Optica achieved to make a 200m test fiber which has a focal ratio degradation of 15%! We have demonstrated that very long fibers for astronomical use are possible to make.