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Deployment of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope wide-field upgrade

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Gary J. Hill, Niv Drory, John M. Good, Hanshin Lee, Brian L. Vattiat, Herman Kriel, Jason Ramsey, Linda Elliot, Martin Landiau, Ron Leck, Dave Perry, Richard Savage, Phillip J. MacQueen, Taft Armandroff

McDonald Observatory (United States)

Randy Bryant, Jim Fowler, Stephen Odewahn, Emily Schroeder Mrozinski, Matthew Shetrone, George Damm, Jerry Martin

Hobby-Eberly Telescope (United States)

Marco Häuser, D. L. DePoy, Travis Prochaska, J. L. Marshall

Univ.-Sternwarte München (Germany)

Karl Gebhardt

The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)

Lawrence W. Ramsey

The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990606 (July 27, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2231063
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  • Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
  • Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom | June 26, 2016

abstract

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is an innovative large telescope, located in West Texas at the McDonald Observatory. The HET operates with a fixed segmented primary and has a tracker, which moves the four-mirror corrector and prime focus instrument package to track the sidereal and non-sidereal motions of objects. We have completed a major multi-year upgrade of the HET that has substantially increased the pupil size to 10 meters and the field of view to 22 arcminutes by replacing the corrector, tracker, and prime focus instrument package. The new wide field HET will feed the revolutionary integral field spectrograph called VIRUS, in support of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX§), a new low resolution spectrograph (LRS2), an upgraded high resolution spectrograph (HRS2), and later the Habitable Zone Planet Finder (HPF). The upgrade is being commissioned and this paper discusses the completion of the installation, the commissioning process and the performance of the new HET. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Gary J. Hill ; Niv Drory ; John M. Good ; Hanshin Lee ; Brian L. Vattiat, et al.
" Deployment of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope wide-field upgrade ", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990606 (July 27, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2231063; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2231063


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