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Operation of the IAC Telescopic Facilities (P/700111)


Paula Sola de Serna, Lucía Magdalena Alonso, Paloma Minguez Ledo, Matteo Monelli, Pedro José Blay Serrano, Antonio Pimienta de la Rosa, Joan Font Serra, Olga Zamora Sánchez, Santiago López González-Coviella, Juan José Sanabria Cumbreño, Adrián Hernández García, Román Alexis Gómez Agueda

Colaboradores del IAC: Sergio Velasco Muñoz

Antonio Pérez (UPCT, España); Sergio Fernández Acosta (GTC, España)


The aim of this project is the correct management of the different facilities owned by the IAC at the Canarias Observatories, the IAC’s own instrumentation and part of the observing time granted the IAC by other installations. There exist three types of facilities: Instruments, Telescopes and Experiments (ITE). Regarding the first type, those developed by the IAC and in operation at the present time will be considered, such AOLI, INTEGRAL, GHaFaS or LIRIS on the WHT; FastCam on NOT; TIP or TIP-II on the VTT and GREGOR; CAIN-3, FastCam, MuSCAT-2 or Wide FastCam on TCS; CAMELOT or TCP on IAC80; etc. The telescopes include those belonging to IAC -TCS, IAC80 or MONS-, the time allocated to Spain on the OGS and on the SARA network of telescopes -JKT, KP and CT- and the CAT service nights in non-IAC facilities –TNG, INT and NOT–. With regard to the experiments, there are three groups: the CMB complex, the Solar Laboratory and the small telescopes and experiments (DIMMA, SQM, TAT, etc.). The ITE over which the project has direct responsibility appear in the table below.

Having this variety of installations in mind, the main goals to achieve are three.

  1. Perfect operation of the facilities during the observing periods available for the international astronomical community.
  2. A continuous update of the installations to new technologies and the accomplishment of any improvements in order to provide astronomers a more friendly operation environment.
  3. The astronomers must obtain the maximum benefit from their observational periods at the ITE.

Table with Telescopes and Instruments

  • The IAC80 enters the Spanish space debris detection and monitoring program as type A sensor.
  • MuSCAT-2, a collaboration between the Center for Astrobiology (ABC, Japan) and the IAC, is a new instrument of the TCS, with the first light in August of 2017.
  • Remote observations are routinely taken in TCS, IAC80 and the telescopes of the SARA network.
  • Major improvements in CAMELOT, instrument of the IAC80 telescope. .
  • Throughout 2017 the following service nights were carried out: 26 in IAC80, 21 in TCS, 18 in INT, 7 whole + 4 half in NOT, 1 in TNG.
  • The OOCC website has been consolidated as an astronomy portal.
  • The TOTs now carry out most of the observations of TCS and IAC80 and even some service nights.
  • The project staff has made collaborations, repairs and improvements in DIMMA, QUIJOTE, GONG, LCOGT, SQM-LE, BISON and MARK-I.
  • FastCam and Wide FastCam obtain the best images and videos of the transit of Triton within a global collaboration led by SOFIA.
  • New user interface of TCS and IAC80.
  • Important advances in AOLI that allow even joint observations AOLI-GHaFaS in WHT.

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