Instrumentation activities at Paranal Observatory

Jean Gabriel Cuby, Pablo Barriga, Remi Cabanac, Roberto Castillo, Isabelle Gavignaud, Gordon Gillet, Nicolas Haddad, Mario Kiekebusch, Massimiliano Marchesi, Pedro Mardones, Miguel Riquelme, Pascal Robert, Sylvain Rondi

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This paper presents miscellaneous activities related to instrumentation taking place at Paranal Observatory. The number of instruments and / or facilities that will eventually equip the Observatory (VLT, VLTI, VST, VISTA) is about 20. An adequate organization (human and technical) is required to ensure configuration control and efficient preventive and corrective maintenance (hardware and software). Monitoring instrument performance is a key feature to guarantee success of operations and minimize technical downtime. Some observational projects are carried out with the aim of characterizing the Paranal sky conditions in the visible and the IR, in emission and absorption. Efforts are being developed to monitor, characterize and archive the transparency conditions at night.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Absorption
  • Emission
  • Instrumentation
  • Monitoring
  • Observatory
  • Operations
  • Sky

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications


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