The Messenger Telescopes and Instrumentation

40+ Years of Instrumentation for the La Silla Paranal Observatory

  • D’Odorico, Sandro [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]

Telescopes and Instrumentation

As ESO Period 100 comes to a close, I look back at the development of ESO’s instrumentation programme over more than 40 years. Instrumentation and detector activities were initially started by a small group of designers, engineers, technicians and astronomers while ESO was still at CERN in Geneva in the late 1970s. They have since led to the development of a successful suite of optical and infrared instruments for the La Silla Paranal Observatory, as testified by the continuous growth in the number of proposals for observing time and in the publications based on data from ESO telescopes. The instrumentation programme evolved significantly with the VLT and most instruments were developed by national institutes in close cooperation with ESO. This policy was a cornerstone of the VLT programme from the beginning and a key to its success.

Created: 2018-03-01/2018-03-31
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Cite this article:

S. D’Odorico; 40+ Years of Instrumentation for the La Silla Paranal Observatory. The Messenger 171 (March 2018): 2–7.