Author Archives: Denis Mégevand

ESPRESSO First light

ESPRESSO has successfully observed its first star last Monday November 27th, 2017 around 21:30 local chilean time. The numerous team involved in this important milestone was composed of technical staff, including software specialists and astronomers. The first star observed by … Continue reading

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News from integration – End of year 2016

Hereafter are a few lines describing very shortly the main activities held in relationship with the integration of ESPRESSO in Geneva. It has not the goal of describe the activities in detail, but merely to keep track of a few … Continue reading

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News from integration – weeks 40 to 42/2016

In Geneva, integration continued with the installation of the blue camera and provisional detector, as well as the VCS#2, able to support only one cryostat. Olaf, Domingo, Jean-Louis and Hans visited the integration site during week 40. First technical light … Continue reading

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News from integration – weeks 34 to 36/2016

Attendees: Benjamin Reich Ian Hughes Denis Mégevand external company Samuel Santana Marco Landoni Roberto Cirami Francesco Pepe On week 34, the bench was prepared for the intervention of external scrapping specialists to correct the bad planarity of the cameras interfaces … Continue reading

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News from integration – weeks 37 to 39/2016

Attendees: Paranal mission team Marco Landoni Samuel Santana Ian Hughes Igor Coretti Hereafter are summarized some of the activities held during these three weeks 37 to 39: In Paranal, the installation of the first Coudé Train is described in another … Continue reading

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News from integration – weeks 33 and 34/2016

Attendees: Alexandre Cabral Bernard Delabre Gerardo Avila Matteo Aliverti Jean-Louis Lizon Ana Fragoso Felix Gracia Hereafter are summarized some of the activities held during these last two weeks: Gerado Avila and Bernard Delabre have been in Lisbon to make the … Continue reading

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The main collimator at IAC

Finally, we got the main collimator. This master optical piece reached IAC on Friday August 12. Ana, with the help of Felix, made the  reception of the box and opened it. At first glance, the packing and additional protections look … Continue reading

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Blue camera progresses

Hans and Jean-Louis sent us some news from the blue camera. The first picture shows the field lens (face down) and detector head undergoing helium leak testing in the detector lab. Vacuum seems to be OK. On Thursday August 11, … Continue reading

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News from integration – week 32/2016

Attendees: Jean-Louis Lizon Roberto Cirami Marco Landoni Francesco Pepe Ian Hughes Denis Mégevand Charles Maire Robin Schnell Various works have been undertaken during this second week of August. Jean-Louis Lizon visited us on Wednesday August 10 to mount and glue the … Continue reading

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News from integration – week 31/2016

Attendees: Ian Hughes Denis Mégevand Samuel Rihs Noam Monteleone Various works have been undertaken during the first week of August. The Front-end was moved by around 50 cm to fit properly its “Paranal” position relative to the other elements (enclosure, … Continue reading

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