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The Messenger 119
March 2005


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OBSERVING WITH THE ESO
VLT INTERFEROMETER

MARKUS WITTKOWSKI, FERNANDO COMERÓN, ANDREAS GLINDEMANN, CHRISTIAN HUMMEL, SÉBASTIEN MOREL, ISABELLE PERCHERON, MONIKA PETR-GOTZENS, MARKUS SCHÖLLER

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY

Abstract: The ESO VLT interferometer (VLTI) has been in operation since achieving first fringes in march 2001. A broad spectrum of activities has been covered ranging from commissioning, shared-risk science observations, science demonstration and guaranteed time observations, to regular observation programmes in service and visitor mode. The VLTI operations scheme is fully integrated into the well established regular operations scheme of all VLT instruments. In particular, the same kind and level of service and support is offered to users of VLTI instruments as to users of any instrument at the single UTs on Paranal. Thereby, the VLTI has become worldwide the first general user optical/infrared interferometric facility offered with this kind of service to the astronomical community.
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