The early performance and present status of the Hobby-Eberly telescope

L. W. Ramsey, M. T. Adams, T. G. Barnes, J. A. Booth, M. E. Cornell, J. R. Fowler, N. Gaffney, J. W. Glaspey, J. Good, G. J. Hill, P. W. Kelton, V. L. Krabbendam, L. Long, P. J. MacQueen, F. B. Ray, R. L. Ricklefs, J. Sage, T. A. Sebring, W. J. Spiesman, M. Steiner

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The Hobby-Eberly telescope (HET) is a recently completed 9-meter telescope designed to specialize in spectroscopy. It saw first light in December 1996 and during July 1997, it underwent its first end-to end testing acquiring its first spectra of target objects. We review the basic design of the HET. In addition we summarize the performance of the telescope used with a commissioning spherical aberration corrector and spectrograph, the status of science operations and plans for the implementation of the final spherical aberration corrector & facility class instruments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventAdvanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI - Kona, HI, United States
Duration: Mar 23 1998Mar 25 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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