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AMBER News

Instrument specific News

 

  • Aug 2014: AMBER is not offered in P95 due to major modifications of the VLT-I laboratory in view of the arrival of Gravity and MATISSE.  See also Call for Proposals P95.
  • Feb 2014: Increase of limiting magnitudes for the K-band, owing to polarization control. See Instrument description and Sect. 2.6.3 in the User Manual.
  • Dec 2013: The AMBER observatory project OHANA is producing public data. Follow this link.
  • Sept 2013: Execution time for MR and HR reduced to 20m.
  • Sept 2013: New, 'long', calibration sequence of cal-sci-cal-sci-cal (restriction apply see manual).
  • Sept 2012: Finito data and keywords now described in the manual.
  • Sept 2012: Amber self coherencing is now used by default in service and visitor mode if FINITO is not requested.
  • July 2010: Amber data processing software version 3 is now available from JMMC and this link.
  • July 2010: there is now a special link to search the ESO database for AMBER Data using specific keywords.
  • November 2009: An optic in the VLTI train was upgrade to suppress the spurious fringes present in HR-K data in AMBER. This change has been a success and the spurious fringes have disappeared below the detectable level in normal conditions.
  • August 2009: new calibration products added. Darks are taken in the morning using a cold shutter inside the instrument.Up to know darks were taken with a shutter outside the instrument. Until P85, users will receive both products.
  • March 2009, for P84: Medium Resolution H is now offered. AMBER User Manual has been updated with a table of typical performances.
  • August 6, 2008: AMBER/FINITO/UTs Science Verification call for proposal. Deadline Sept. 7, observation to be carried on the 12th, 13th and 14th of October. (Limiting magnitudes have been updated)
  • March 1, 2008: First version of the AMBER User Manual available for P82.
  • March 1, 2008: FINITO now offered on the UTs.

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Instrument specific News / before 2008

  • March 1, 2007: First version of the AMBER User Manual for P80 available. The web pages have been updated for the changes from P79 to P80. Important changes are the possibility to use the external fringe tracker FINITO with AMBER on the ATs.
  • January 23, 2007: AMBER was succesfully used with 3 ATs and having FINITO as an external fringe tracker.
  • September 1, 2006: First version of the AMBER User Manual for P79 available. The web pages have been updated for the changes from P78 to P79. Important changes are info on the allowed modes for the ATs.
  • March 1, 2006: First version of the AMBER User Manual for P78 available. The web pages have been updated for the changes from P77 to P78. Important changes are info on the HR-K, LR-HK modes, significantly reduced execution times, and information on limits on the Coude guide star magnitude.
  • September 1, 2005: First version of the AMBER User Manual for P77 available. The web pages have been updated for the changes from P76 to P77.
  • July 1, 2005: Updated version of the AMBER User Manual P76 and the final version of the AMBER Template Manual for P76 made available. Note that the wavelength ranges for MRK2.1 and MRK2.3 have been updated.
  • February 23, 2005: Final version of the AMBER web pages for the CfP76 release.
  • January 12, 2005: First version of the AMBER web pages.