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Picture Gallery

In this section, we display a series a pictures that have been taken during the AMBER project.

First commissioning run (May 2004)

This commissioning run was dedicated to test AMBER in 3 different configurations:

  1. with the siderostats
  2. with two unit telescopes (UT2 and UT3)
  3. with three unit telescopes (UT1, UT2 and UT3)

Integration at Paranal (Feb-Mar 2004

The Assembly, Integration and Verification phase at Paranal was composed of 5 steps:

  1. Mounting the warm optomecanics
  2. Optical alignment of the warm optics
  3. Installation of the spectrograph and the detector
  4. Installation of the cryogenic pipes
  5. Global optical alignments
  6. First observations

You can find also pictures on the AMBER team present at Paranal, a presentation of the host of AMBER, the VLTI, and snapshots on VLT activities and sceneries taken during the AMBER integration.

Shipment from Grenoble to Paranal (Jan 2004)

This period started with the AMBER unmount at Grenoble Observatory, then by the AMBER shipment to Paranal. The First piece of AMBER (Electronic Cabinet) arrived before the team was in place.

Integration in Grenoble (Jul 2002-Dec 2003

We started this web page at the end of the AMBER integratio in Grenoble so only few pictures are proposed. However, thanks to Florentin Millour, yoy can enjoy the guided tour of the AMBER instrument and some very nice general views of the instrument.

At the end of integration, a team of CNRS cameramen came to Grenoble to shot a movie and Florentin Millour followed them.



Wednesday 27 July 2005
AMBER typical snapshots
by Florentin Millour

Monday 11 July 2005
AMBER screenshots
by Fabien Malbet

Friday 11 February 2005
GTO observations 24/25 december 2004
by Florentin Millour


Integration in Grenoble

Thursday 29 January 2004
"Making of" of the Amber movie
by Florentin Millour

Monday 26 January 2004
Guided tour of the AMBER instrument
by Florentin Millour

Friday 16 January 2004
General views of AMBER
by Florentin Millour


Shipment to Paranal

Monday 9 February 2004
Electronic Cabinet Installation in Paranal
by Pierre Kern

Friday 6 February 2004
Amber Shipment to Paranal
by Florentin Millour

Thursday 29 January 2004
AMBER Unmount at Grenoble Observatory
by Florentin Millour


Integration in Paranal

Saturday 27 March 2004
AMBER team at Paranal
by Fabien Malbet

Saturday 27 March 2004
VLT activities and sceneries during the AMBER integration
by Alain Delboulbé , Pierre Kern , Sylvie Robbe , Yves Bresson

Thursday 25 March 2004
Host of AMBER: the VLTI
by Sylvie Robbe , Yves Bresson

Thursday 11 March 2004
6. First observations

Wednesday 10 March 2004
5. Global optical alignments
by Florentin Millour

Wednesday 3 March 2004
4. Installation of the cryogenic pipes
by Sylvie Robbe

Monday 1 March 2004
3. Installation of the spectrograph and the detector
by Sylvie Robbe

Friday 27 February 2004
2. Optical alignment of the warm optics
by Sylvie Robbe

Wednesday 25 February 2004
1. Mounting the warm optomecanics
by Sylvie Robbe

Thursday 19 February 2004
The AMBER AIV web page by Andrea Richichi
by Florentin Millour


First commissioning run

Saturday 5 June 2004
AMBER observes through three 8m telescopes simultaneously
by Fabien Malbet , Romain Petrov

Friday 4 June 2004
First fringes with the VLT unit telescopes
by Fabien Malbet , Romain Petrov




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