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Mass-producing spectra: the SDSS spectrographic system

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Peter R. Newman, Dan C. Long, Stephanie A. Snedden, S. J. Kleinman, Atsuko Nitta, Michael Harvanek, Howard J. Brewington, J. C. Barentine

Apache Point Observatory (USA)

Jurek Krzesinski

Apache Point Observatory (USA) and Cracow Pedagogical Univ. (Poland)

Eric H. Neilsen, Jr.

Apache Point Observatory (USA) and Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (USA)

David J. Schlegel

Princeton Univ. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, 533 (September 30, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.541394
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  • Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
  • Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye
  • Glasgow, Scotland | June 21, 2004


The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is the largest redshift survey conducted to date, and the principal survey observations have all been conducted on the dedicated SDSS 2.5m and 0.5m telescopes at Apache Point Observatory. While the whole survey has many unique features, this article concentrates on a description of the systems surrounding the dual fibre-input spectrographs that obtain all the survey spectra and that are capable of recording 5,760 individual spectra per night on an industrial, consistent, mass-production basis. It is hoped that the successes and lessons learned will prove instructive for future large spectrographic surveys.

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Peter R. Newman ; Dan C. Long ; Stephanie A. Snedden ; S. J. Kleinman ; Atsuko Nitta, et al.
"Mass-producing spectra: the SDSS spectrographic system", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, 533 (September 30, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.541394; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.541394

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