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AMBER second commissioning (15-26 Oct 2004)
Saturday 23 October 2004, by Fabien Malbet

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AMBER team at Paranal for the 2nd commissioning on AT1 mirror.
B. Koehler (ESO) is taking the picture through the first auxialiary telescope (AT1). From left to right: G. Zins, E. Le Coarer, F. Malbet, M. Vannier, L. Glück, G. Weigelt, G. Duvert.

The second commissioning run of the the AMBER instrument is currently taking place. It will last from 15 to 26 October 2004, with 4 days in lab, 5 nights on siderostats and finally 3 nights with UT2, UT3 and UT4. If everything goes well, it will be followed by three nights of Science Demonstration Time (27-28 Oct 2004).

The main goal of this run is to assess the performances of AMBER with the VLTI and to commission all spectral resolutions in H and K so that AMBER is rapidly offered to the astronomical community.

The AMBER team is composed of: G. Duvert (LAOG), L. Glück (LAOG), E. Le Coarer (LAOG), F. Malbet (LAOG), G. Weigelt (MPIfR) and G. Zins (LAOG). In Europe, R. Petrov (LUAN), F. Millour (LAOG/LUAN), D. Mourard (OCA), S. Lagarde (OCA) in Nice and D. Schertl (MPIfR), S. Kraus (MPIfR) in Bonn are in support especially for rapida data reduction.

On ESO side, the team is assisted by N. Housen, M. Kiekebush, F. Rantakyro, A. Richichi, M. Schoeller, M. Vannier, and, of course the VLT engineers and operators.

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