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Instrument Status 2010B

A short summary of the status of each MMT instrument is given below. If you would like any further information regarding any of the instrumentation please contact Morag Hastie (mhastie@mmto).

  • RED CHANNEL: Available. New detector. Contact Grant Williams @MMTO for support.
  • BLUE CHANNEL: Available. Contact Grant Williams @MMTO for support.
  • MMIRS: Unavailable. At Magellan
  • Hectos: Available. Contact Dan Fabricant @CfA for Hectospec and Andy Szentgyorgyi @CfA for Hectochelle.
  • Megacam: Unavailable. At Magellan
  • SWIRC: Available. Contact Warren Brown @CfA
  • ARIES: Available. Contact Don McCarthy @SO
  • CLIO: Available. Recently added ice band (3.1 um) filter and R = 100 prism mode. Contact Phil Hinz @SO
  • PISCES: Available. Contact Don McCarthy @SO
  • MIRAC-BLINC: Available. R = 100 grism mode recently commissioned. Contact Phil Hinz @SO
  • MAESTRO: Available. Shared Risk – contact J. Bechtold @SO
  • SPOL: Available. Please contact Paul Smith @SO
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Instrument Status

A short summary of the status of each MMT instrument and any work that has been completed over the summer period is given below. If you would like any further information regarding any of the instrumentation please contact Morag Hastie (mhastie@mmto).

  • RED CHANNEL: Unavailable. Awaiting a new detector which should be completed in late Oct.
  • BLUE CHANNEL: Available.
  • MMIRS: Unavailable. Further commissioning work undertaken. Shipped to Magellan 09/09.
  • Hectos: Available. Annual maintenance of fibre positioner & fibre chain maintenance completed.
  • Megacam: Unavailable. Shipped to Magellan 08/09.
  • SWIRC: Available.
  • ARIES: Available.
  • CLIO: Available. Recently added ice band (3.1 um) filter and R = 100 prism mode.
  • PISCES: Available.
  • MIRAC-BLINC: Available. R = 100 grism mode recently commissioned.
  • MAESTRO: Available.
  • SPOL: Available.

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MMIRS settles into new home at the MMT

MMIRS (MMT and Magellan Infrared Spectrograph) has just completed its first successful week of commissioning at the MMT. The team took imaging data, longslit spectra, multi-object slit mask spectra all with control from MMIRS of the telescope guiding and wavefront sensing. 

Congratulations to the team – we look forward to the next run in a couple of weeks time. 

Below is a YHK image of Messier 64, the Black Eye Galaxy.

 

The Black Eye Galaxy.

The Black Eye Galaxy.

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Megacam Manual Updated

The Megacam manual has been updated AND moved to a CfA wiki at:

Megacam Manual

Thanks to J. Bechtold, B. McLeod and D. Curley. We will continue to update the manual and always appreciate suggestions from Megacam observers.

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The ‘MMT and Magellan Infrared Spectrograph’

MMIRS is the next new instrument that will be arriving for commissioning at the MMT. The ‘MMT and Magellan InfraRed Spectrograph’ is a wide field near-IR imager and slit mask multi-object spectrograph being built by the team at the CfA led by Brian McLeod.  It has two basic operational modes:

IMAGING:

  • 7′ x 7′ FOV
  • 0.2″ pixels
  • Y, J, H & K wavelength coverage

SPECTROSCOPY:

  • Multi-slit (4′ x 7′ FOV)
  • or longslit (7′ length and 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.2, 1.8, 2.4″ widths)
  • J, H, K @ R = 3000
  • JH & HK @ R = 1200

Current delivery/commissioning date is March 2009. For more information regarding MMIRS please contact Morag Hastie (mhastie ‘at’ mmto ‘dot’ org). 

 

MMIRS in the lab at the CPD in Cambridge undergoing thermal testing.

MMIRS in the lab at the CPD in Cambridge undergoing thermal testing.

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