Project Overview

Built under ESO contract by: Landessternwarte Heidelberg
University Observatory Göttingen
University Observatory Munich
Principal Investigator Immo Appenzeller (Heidelberg)
Project Scientist Gero Rupprecht (ESO Garching)
Instrument Scientist Ivo Saviane (ESO Santiago and Paranal)
Instrument Operation Team Carlo Izzo, Palle Moller, Gero Rupprecht, Sabine Moehler (ESO Garching),
Pedro Baksai, Miguel Riquelme (ESO Paranal),
Ivo Saviane (ESO Santiago and Paranal)
Location Cassegrain VLT : FORS1 at Kueyen (UT2) & FORS2 at Antu (UT1)
Project status FORS1: installed on Antu, First Light September 15, 1998
FORS1: in operation since April 1, 1999
FORS1: moved to Melipal since July 31, 2001
FORS1: moved back to Antu since October 22, 2002
FORS1: new external calibration units since March 22, 2003
FORS1: moved to Kueyen since June 05, 2004
FORS1: no longer offered as of P83

FORS2: installed on Kueyen, First Light on October 29, 1999
FORS2: in operation since April 1, 2000
FORS2: moved to Yepun since June 5, 2001
FORS2: new mosaic CCD detector since March 22, 2002
FORS2: new external calibration units since April 14, 2003
FORS2: moved to Antu since June 05, 2004