Multiobject fiber spectroscopy at the UKST: it's a wide field

Quentin A. Parker*, Frederick G. Watson

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The FLAIR multifiber spectroscopy system on the 1.2m UK Schmidt Telescope is the world's most powerful multi-object spectroscopy system in terms of area coverage and available fiber numbers. This has been achieved at modest cost providing an instrument of surprising flexibility, power, and robustness yet with an inherently simple design. During 1994 alone over 6500 individual target observations were made from just 30% of the telescope time. This paper describes the current status of the facility, problems encountered, modifications, and enhancements made over the last two years and those planned for the future. Continued innovation should maintain the facility's power and competitiveness for several years to come.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsSamuel C. Barden
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0819418293
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventFiber Optics in Astronomical Applications - Orlando, FL, USA
Duration: 17 Apr 199517 Apr 1995


OtherFiber Optics in Astronomical Applications
CityOrlando, FL, USA


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