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The Messenger 117
September 2004

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The Visible & Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy

J. P. Emerson [1], W. J. Sutherland [2], A. M. McPherson [3], S. C. Craig [3], G.B. Dalton [4], A. K. Ward [4]

[1] Astronomy Unit, Queen Mary University of London, UK; [2] Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK;
[3] UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh, UK; [4] Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, CCLRC, Didcot, UK

Abstract: Vista’s 4-metre primary mirror and 1.65-degree diameter infrared field of view feeds a 64 megapixel (0.34" pixel) camera. Rapid deep IR (0.85–2.3µm) imaging surveys will both select objects for follow-up with the VLT, and directly study a wide variety of astronomical topics.

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